Barbara Zell Morris

May 28, 1942 - October 12, 2023
Barbara Zell Morris

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Barbara Morris, age 81 of Leland, NC, gained her heavenly wings on October 12, 2023.

Barbara was born May 28, 1942, to the late Milton Dobbins, Sr. & Lois Darby Dobbins. She was preceded in death by her sister Betty Capps.

After graduating from New Hanover High School, she went to work at Block Industries for many years before becoming an Insurance Agent at Protective Insurance Agency until retirement.

Never one to remain idle, she began to volunteer at the Senior Center in Leland, NC serving meals to those that came into the center as well as packing meals for their Meals-On-Wheels program. Even when the center was closed due to Covid, she continued to come in daily to pack the meals for the homebound. In 2022, she received the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year award.

She was a member of Port City Community Church in Leland, NC where she was also in a small group that helped Angel Tree Ministries provide assistance to families during Christmas and Easter.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Dana Barnhardt (Charles), most beloved granddaughter Mattea Barnhardt, sister Shirley Moore, brother Milton Dobbins, Jr. (Sylvia), along with several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 2:00pm to 4:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

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The funeral will take place on October 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation - Wilmington Chapel (1535 S. 41st Street)

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  • October 20, 2023
    Sandi Wilson says:
    We will all miss Barb so much on Wednesday mornings. Her spunky spirit will bring us smiles as we remember her.

  • October 19, 2023
    Kay Dedrick says:
    Deepest sympathy to the family. Barbara was deeply loved by the women’s Bible Study. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. May God grant you peace and comfort knowing Barbara is now with her Lord and Savior. Kay Dedrick

  • October 19, 2023
    Laurie Bernard says:
    Barbara had such a fun personality. I was in exercise class with her for quite some time and really enjoyed getting to know her. I will miss her!

  • October 17, 2023
    Krissy lit a candle:
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  • October 17, 2023
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