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Elaine Rose Reimer Morris

April 13, 1960 — July 12, 2023

Pampa

Elaine Rose Reimer Morris, 63, of Pampa, TX passed from her earthly life on July 12, 2023 in her family home after a hard-fought battle with metastatic breast cancer.

 

No services for Elaine are announced at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors and Crematory.

 

Elaine’s life began in Pampa, TX on April 13, 1960 as the third of four daughters to parents Paul and Bonita Reimer. She grew up attending elementary school in Pampa and was baptized in the First Christian Church of Pampa. At the age of eleven, her family moved to Spearman, TX. She quickly made it into the hearts of many in her new hometown with her beautiful spirit inside and out. She was an athlete and beloved homecoming queen on more than one occasion. It was during her time at Spearman High School (class of ‘78) where she met the love of her life, Richard (Rick) Morris. Their time together may have been broken by distance as she attended Texas Tech University, but their bond never would. They eventually made the decision to marry on April 4, 1981, and their life together was full of love and adventure.

 

Elaine moved back to Spearman after their wedding and completed her degree in accounting through Oklahoma Panhandle State University. She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant and worked for Brown and Graham. She then went on to become the Hansford County Auditor. During this time, Elaine and Rick gave life to two daughters, Randa and Whitney. The girls becamethe focus of Elaine’s life and her world for the rest of her days. Elaine was an active member at First Baptist Church and volunteered for the children’s choir program for many years. In 1995, the family left Spearman and moved back to Elaine’s birthplace of Pampa. She took a job with IRI International.

 

She eventually found her way back to government accounting which would prove to be a passion throughout her career. She took on the job as Gray County Auditor and devoted herself to the county for 22 years. During some of those years, she also worked on tax returns for a local tax firm, simultaneously fulfilled the role of the Wheeler County Auditor, and maintained the financials for the family’s business, Morris Field Services. She left the county for a short stint, working with Hunting Titan but returned to her roots at the county again in 2023 for her elected position as Gray County Treasurer.

 

Elaine was an active member with First Christian Church of Pampa where she served as deacon for many years, and she served as a board member for Tralee Crisis Center for Women for several years. Clearly, she was no stranger to hard work and was always giving herself to help others. However, even with her busy work life, she always made room for family life. She never missed her daughters’ numerous sports, cheer, or choir events. Elaine could be found hauling a carload of kids to out-of-town games, working the ticket or concession stand, serving burgers for the booster club, decorating for a banquet or musical, or in the crowd admiring her girls and cheering them on. Elaine continued that support with grandkids. She was a woman of her word and was there to support her family in every way she knew how, through all the major life events, from heartbreaks to marriages, to the births and lives of her grandchildren. She would sacrifice anything for her family, and she taught her daughters what it is to love unconditionally and the importance of family and faith.

 

Elaine was a woman of strength and integrity with a brilliant mind and the perfect amount of wit. Her easy sense of humor and warm disposition made anyone feel cared for in her presence. She was a professional procrastinator who thrived under pressure. She had an uncanny affection for flamingos resulting in being referred to as Mingo by her grandchildren. Elaine loved a splash of coffee with her creamer and could organize a salad so that every bite was the perfect bite. She had an addiction to baked goods, never saying no to a slice of German chocolate or white wedding cake. Elaine always made sure the sons-in-laws in her life had exactly the types of food and drink they loved on hand and readily available when they came to visit. It was her ploy to keep them happy and coming back.

 

 She was essentially a self-taught pianist with a beautiful alto singing voice. She loved to read suspense and mystery books but especially books by Janet Evanovich. One hardly ever saw her out of the house without at least some of her makeup on and hair fixed. Although, she was even more gorgeous without any of it. Elaine never missed a meeting of her WSO ladies. If her family was in town, you could find her leaning over a jigsaw puzzle or being secretly competitive at Phase 10 or Spinner. Elaine regularly hosted holidays at their home, and she loved sitting on the back patio listening to the waterfall in the koi pond. She was an animal lover who always adopted the pets of her children and loved them as if they were her own. The countless cats, dogs, ducks, and a rabbit always loved her just as fiercely back and favored her over their original owner.

 

Elaine enjoyed travelling across the country in their RV to places like the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore and enjoyed riding their Rzr side-by-side at Lake McClellan on weekends. She and her family also went on many trips throughout her life to places across the US from Alaska and Hawaii to New York City and Orlando. She even made a special trip with a dear friend to Italy in the summer of 2013. She loved and lived to the fullest with her family and friends and will leave a mark of ever-present light and joy with them through the countless memories shared together.

 

Elaine loved her family deeply. She fought harder than her body should have allowed to remain here on earth with them as long as possible. She is preceded in death by her mother, Bonita Reimer.

 

Elaine leaves behind her husband of 42 years Rick; her daughters Randa (Kevin) Hiett, and Whitney (Logan) Buck; her four grandsons, Lawson and Eli Hiett and McLaren and Mercer Buck; her two granddaughters Morris and Merrill Buck; her father Venus Paul Reimer; her sisters Debi (Jim) Jenkins, Karen Whitlow, and Heather (Jeff) Stowers; and numerous extended family members and dear friends.

 

A person only truly dies once they’re thought about for the last time, and it is her surviving family and friends who will keep her spirit alive with the thoughts of the beautiful life and legacy Elaine lived and continues through them.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tralee Crisis Center for Women, 308 S. Cuyler St., Pampa, Texas 79065.

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