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Daisy Eleane James Lawrence Morrice

May 21, 1924 - April 20, 2014 <-

Daisy Eleane James Lawrence Morrice, born in Colon, Panama, on May 21, 1924, died April 20, 2014, with her daughter at her side. Daisy was the third of eleven children born to Nellie Lawrence Cameron James and Hubert W. Tomlinson James.

Growing up in Panama, Daisy enjoyed playing classical music on the piano and listening to Spanish music, especially bolero. She and her brothers and sisters were not just siblings, they were good friends. Throughout her life, family gatherings and reunions were joyful events, punctuated by large smiles, excited laughter, and dancing.

Daisy and David H. Morrice were married in Panama. In 1950, they emigrated to New York where they raised two children, Norberto and Sheila. In 1972, she moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, residing there until 2011 when she relocated to Tacoma, Washington. In addition to being a homemaker and raising two children, she worked in a dental office and in banking services. Daisy was predeceased by her husband and four of her siblings.

Daisy was baptized in Panama as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on March 11, 1946. Her focus in life was fulfilling her personal dedication to Jehovah. A lifelong student of the Bible, cherished Bible truths helped shape her personality and set her life goals. Daisy was always happy doing God's will because, as the apostle John wrote: "For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome..." (1 John 5:3) Meeting Jehovah's Scriptural requirements were not burdensome for her. Her love for Jehovah motivated her for over 60-years to fearlessly talk about the gospel, the good news of the Kingdom, to everyone she met.

She often spoke to others about the Bible's promise of a Paradise earth. Imagine waking up in Paradise with a new body, clear vision, ears filled with sounds of birds and happy voices, arms and legs free of pain, and a perfectly sound mind. Gone forever will be these "...days of distress..." due to old age. (Eccl. 12:1-7) Even death will be "...swallowed up forever..." (Isa. 25:8) and "...brought to nothing." (1 Cor. 15:26)

The following are some recent reflections by friends and family:

" I never knew Daisy to say anything unkind about anyone, regardless of the circumstances. To me she was the most wonderful, non-judgmental, caring, and helpful sister, both spiritually and emotionally. For that we are grateful. She was special in every way."

"...when you think of Daisy, the word 'evangelize' instantly comes to mind. Those of us who knew her have been encouraged by her faithful and zealous example."

"So many of us have very fond memories of her contagious laugh and her gentle, kind way. Always eager to extend hospitality, for many years her home was opened for weekly Bible studies. Most of all, she will be remembered for the fine example she set for all of us as a truly spiritual woman."

Over ten years ago, Daisy's active life was interrupted by the onset of dementia. Her final years were spent in skilled nursing facilities - Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Park Rose Care Center, Tacoma, Washington. Though unable to verbally communicate thoughts and feelings, her quick smile and gentle demeanor endeared her to the caregivers in each facility. Her family truly appreciates the care given and the compassion shown to Daisy.

Fond memories of Daisy will be cherished by her son, Norberto and his wife Sandra; her daughter, Sheila and her husband John; five sisters, Rilda, Norma, Verna, Loretta and Ivy; a brother Teddy; four grandchildren, Jessica and her husband James, David, Carla and her husband Eric, DeAnna and her husband Alfred; and four great-grandchildren, Allegra, Aria, Mikko and Rocco, as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial talk will be given on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 8835 S. Hosmer Street, Tacoma, Washington.

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