MARION -- Rachel E. Morris, 26, of Marion, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Heartland Regional Medical Center of Marion.
She was born on Monday, Oct. 21, 1991, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, the daughter of Lyman Wayne and Patricia Diana (Lancaster) Morris. Rachel attended school in Marion and was a graduate of the Marion High School Class of 2010.
Rachel was born with cerebral palsy, which led to developmental disabilities. Remarkably, her brain rewired itself and she lived a "normal life" as much as possible. She was a happy child and exhibited unconditional love and was never judgmental, accepting all regardless of sex, age, color or their ability or disability.
She was a member of Third Baptist Church of Marion. During the day, she attended Centerstone in West Frankfort. She also would participate every year in the Special Olympics.
In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the movies, listening to music, dancing, shopping, going out to eat, and watching people. She enjoyed going to the Miners baseball games and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Rachel brought joy and would light up the room to all she met with her smile and was an example of "pure love." She was a social butterfly and cared about other people's needs and was known to many as "Little Mother Hen."
The many memories that have been created will now be cherished by all those she leaves behind.
She is survived by her parents, Lyman and Pat Morris of Marion; sister and brother-in-law, Diana and Bob Burgess of Marion; brother and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Lindsey Morris of College Station, Texas; two nephews, Preston Burgess of Marion and Ethan Morris of College Station; two nieces, Malina Morris and Keilana Morris, both of College Station; countless extended family members and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Arrangements for Rachel have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion.
The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the funeral home.
Following the time of visitation, the funeral service will be at 7 p.m. with Pastor David Thompson presiding.
The committal service and interment will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery of Silva, Missouri.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to Centerstone, and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For complete family information or to leave an online condolence of memory visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com. For more information call the funeral home at (618) 993-2131.