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BABCOCK ACTIVIST RUTH MORRIS DIES

August 26, 1992

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The president of a local public housing tenants association who fought for a traffic light at the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts streets has died at age 61.

Ruth Martin Morris, president of the Babcock Tenants Assn., died Sunday Aug. 23, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Morris, a longtime Manhattan resident, moved to Lawrence seven years ago.

While at Babcock Place Apartments, 1700 Mass., a public housing building that is the home of many elderly residents, Mrs. Morris worked in various areas on behalf of tenants.

Early this year, she urged city officials to install a traffic light at the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts because she and other Babcock residents said the intersection was dangerous for pedestrians.

After an elderly resident was fatally struck by a car at the location, the city approved funds and agreed to place a traffic light at the intersection.

SHE ALSO worked with residents who were displaced by a fire at the apartment building in May.

The following eulogy for Mrs. Morris was written by a Babcock resident and placed on an elevator in the building this week:

"Ruth Morris. A dear friend always ready to help if she could!

"A great leader! We will miss Ruth. She did a lot for us the tenants of Babcock Place!

"There was never any problem too big for her to tackle even city hall!

"We here at Babcock Place will think of Ruth . . . when our crossing light goes up! Rest dear sweet friend!"

Mrs. Morris was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Edward and Thelma Myrtle Wristen Stewart.

She operated and cooked for a restaurant in Manhattan for many years. She later moved to Eureka and then to Lawrence seven years ago.

SHE WAS A member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

A local memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Babcock.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Edwards-Yorgensen-Meloan Funeral Chapel in Manhattan with the Rev. Steven W. Isom officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Manhattan.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Arnold Martin Jr., Houston, and David Lee Martin, Austin, Tex.; two daughters, Dana Sue Geddry, St. George, and Donna Jean Martin, Los Angeles; a brother, James R. Stewart, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; two sisters, Dolores R. Adair, Salina, and T. Gertrude Adolph, Manhattan; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Lung Assn. or to the Babcock Tenants Assn. Memorials may be sent in care of the Edwards-Yorgensen-Meloan Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan 66502.

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