Geneva Sampson Morris, age 103, departed this life September 7, 2018 in Prairie Village, Kansas, a short distance from her Kansas City, Missouri home. She was the fourth child of 7 children born to Jess D. Sampson and Ella Savannah Green Sampson. Two sons of the couple died in their infancy. Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and her husband.
Geneva was born in Clow, Arkansas May 26, 1915 and came to Kansas City, Missouri with her parents in 1923. Upon arrival here, the family united with the Centennial Methodist Episcopal Church where her paternal grandmother was a member. She attended Wendell Phillips Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School, with honors, in 1933 as a member of the National Honor Society.
On August 15, 1941, Geneva was united in marriage to William Robersone and to this union two sons, Richard Earl and Donald Eugene, were born. This marriage was dissolved in 1969. On November 26, 1973 she married Bothwell W. Morris, Jr. There were no children born to this union.
Upon leaving high school, she worked as a self-employed Dressmaker and, as word of her dressmaking skills circulated, her work spread to the homes of many of Kansas City’s prominent families.
In 1957 Geneva began employment with the US Government’s Social Security Administration. She began as a GS-2 File Clerk and retired 22 years later as a GS-10 Claims Authorizer. Her advancement included many promotions and several awards including the Commissioner’s Citation, the highest award that the Social Security Administration bestows on its employees.
Beginning in the 1930’s, Geneva became very active in the life of Centennial as a member of various fellowships, Usher Board, clubs, committees, choirs and Co-Chairperson of The Committee on Archives and History. She subsequently became Centennial’s Church Historian and remained so until her passing. Geneva’s greatest joys were the successes and accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, as well as the joys of preparing exhibits for special occasions and church observances, not to mention the preparation of the Chancel Choir’s Annual Messiah Souvenir Booklet.
Geneva is survived by: a sister, Marie Moore; two sons, Richard and Donald Robersone; grandchildren: Correy Robersone, Kelly Robersone, William Robersone and Deiadre Smith; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service for Geneva Sampson Morris will be held Friday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. at the Watkins Heritage Chapel, 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Heritage Chapel.
Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery.