Celebration of life for Atherton's Roslyn Morris


A celebration of the life of Atherton's Roslyn Morris will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Roslyn G. Morris Little House Activity Center at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

Roslyn "Roz" Grossman Morris, the longtime Atherton resident after whom the Little House Activity Center is named, died in Palo Alto on July 26. She was 89 and had Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Oakland, she grew up in Napa, graduating from Napa High School in 1945 before attending the University of California at Berkeley.

Merv and Roslyn Morris met on a blind date in the spring of 1950, soon after he opened his first Mervyn's store, and were married in September 1950.

She joined the Peninsula Volunteers in 1962 and was the group's president in 1980. The Peninsula Volunteers' Little House Activity Center was named after her when her husband in 1995 donated in her honor $1 million to a remodeling project at the center. She was also involved in supporting the arts in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. In 1999 she was given the Leading Citizens Award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

Family members say she "had an exquisite sense of style and was a gracious entertainer, whether it be birthday parties for 400 people or ladies' luncheons celebrating the milestones of her friends and family." She was a Giants and Cal Bears fan, read multiple newspapers and was an enthusiastic traveler.

Family was first with her, family members say. She hosted birthday parties for her grandchildren and saved every card they sent her, went to the San Francisco Opera and Symphony with her brother, and had weekly Sunday dinners with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was, family members say, "an impeccable example of a life lived with meaning and, most importantly, with love. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her."

She is survived by her husband of nearly 66 years, Mervin G. Morris; her four children and daughters-in-law, Diane Morris, Jeff and Missy Morris, Jim and Susan Morris, and John Morris; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her brother, Arnold Grossman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor to: Peninsula Volunteers - Roslyn G. Morris Memorial Fund, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, California 94025.

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Posted by Karae Lisle
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Menlo Park and our community have lost a treasured soul... I join Mr Morris and his family in celebrating a life well lived.

In sympathy,
Karae Lisle

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Posted by Georgia C Babs
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Rest in peace my gracious former neighbor. Condolences to Merv, Diane, Jeff, John and Jim

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