In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Audrey Jean Morris, 91

Audrey Jean Morris, 1929-2021
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Audrey Jean Morris, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Kenya and Singapore, died Sept. 10, 2021. She was 91.

Audrey was born in Earle, Arkansas, on Nov. 20, 1929, to the late Aubrey Edward Dulin and Evie Estelle Boyd Dulin. In 1947, she married Charles Ray Morris.

She and Charlie retired early from building and selling houses so that they could join the International Mission Board as missionaries.

Morris wrote when seeking missionary appointment, that she became a Christian at age 12 and that year attended a church camp where she heard a couple who had been serving in China tell stories of the Chinese people and their need to hear of Jesus’ love. “This couple was used by the Holy Spirit to open my eyes and heart to the need to tell others of my wonderful Savior,” she wrote. That night she prayed to the Lord that she would go wherever He wanted her to go.

Through the years, she and Charlie and their sons were very active in church. In 1983, Audrey and Charlie participated as volunteers for 10 weeks with a Tennessee BSU summer mission team that built a vocational school on Parintins, an island in the Amazon River in Brazil.  By the time they returned home, Audrey and Charlie knew God was calling them to international missions.

The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed them in 1986 as missionaries to Kenya, where they used their business skills to support mission work throughout the region. After 10 years in Africa, Audrey and Charlie spent their last two years overseas serving in Singapore.

After they retired to Memphis, Audrey was a member of Second Baptist Church. She founded Second Baptist Church’s children’s camp in 1966. According to her family, Camp Second for children has seen many come to faith in Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Morris, who died in 2006. She is survived by her younger brother George Edward Dulin; two sons, Chuck Morris (Nancy) of Apopka, Florida, and Mark Morris (Cindy) of Memphis; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sept. 16, 2021, at Second Baptist Church, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.

Donations in her memory may be made to the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.

Read an obituary here.