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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lena (Tucker) Ritz Morrow, 98, of Parsons, Kan., died at 2:22 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home. She had been in failing health.

She was born Sept. 6, 1913, in Fort Scott, Kan., to Henry and Lenita (Morrison) Tucker. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in Fort Scott.

She and Andy Ritz were married in 1928. He preceded her in death April 18, 1950. In the late 1950s, she and John Morrow were married. He preceded her in death in the summer of 1983.

She loved flowers and especially enjoyed tending to her irises and violets. She also enjoyed owning and remodeling old houses.

Survivors include one son, Norman Ritz and his wife Ilene of Parsons; one stepson, John D. Morrow and his wife, Betty of Parsons; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Alvin Tucker; three sisters, Francis Stufflebeam, Blanch Madison and Maxine Johnson; two sons, Henry and Keith Ritz; and one daughter, Sandra (Ritz) Blackburn, on Sept. 24, 2001, whose cremains will be interred with her mother, per Sandra's wishes.

Lena Ritz Morrow and her daughter, Sandra (Ritz) Blackburn, will be laid to rest at graveside services held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott. May they be joined together with those who have gone before them.

Prior to her death, Lena requested that no flowers be sent to her service. She said, "If she couldn't smell them, she didn't want them."

Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.