Virginia Morris

Virginia Morris died peacefully on July 24, 2020, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. She was 93. Born Virginia Ruth Stratton on February 12, 1927 at Chalybeate Springs, Georgia, Virginia was the younger daughter of A.J Stratton and Jakie Byrd Wright. Virginia spent her school years on a dairy and peach farm in Manchester, Georgia, and then in Atlanta, where she met her husband Newt A. Morris.

Newt and Virginia soon moved to Trona, where Newt was initially employed by the Kerr McGee Corporation. For well over 20 years, until Newt’s death in 1994, the couple ran the Pioneer Point Market, building it into an exceptional resource for the people of Trona. Virginia continued living in their house on 12th Street in Trona until 2012, during which time she was active and popular in the community, especially as a mainstay for the Searles Valley Historical Society Museum. Her last 8 years were spent living in Ridgecrest.

Virginia was always friendly and talkative, and her “Southern graces” persisted, although she could have strong opinions on some subjects. Her sister Mary died in 1996. Virginia is survived by her two nephews, Donn (Carole) Chambers of Atlanta and Andrew (Jeanne) Chambers of Cullowhee, NC; her niece Nancy Chambers of Deltona, FL; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; three great-great-nephews; one great-great-niece; and by her good friend Bob Blackburn of Ridgecrest. Her urn will be buried next to Newt’s in the Searles Valley Cemetery, by her family in a small ceremony at a later date.

— Submitted by the family of Virginia Morris

Story First Published: 2020-08-07