Ralph R. Morris Jr. was so much more than his Alzheimer's diagnosis. He was my companion/sweetheart for 25 years and together we traveled to Cancun, Las Vegas, Disney World and Nashville, went to many concerts, Broadway plays, Penn State games, WBS Penguins games and movies. He visited his son, Scott, and his family in Texas to attend Scott's wedding, went there to see the Penguins play the San Antonio spurs and visit with Scott and Alli and again when Scott retired from the Air Force. Ralph was so proud of Scott’s Air Force career and of Scott’s graduation from PSU. Scott’s family came from Texas and we all went to Penn State to attend the graduation in State College. Now Scott’s son is a student at Penn State main. How Ralph loved to buy suits for his son, Ralph, for Christmas to wear on his job as a CPA, another accomplishment that Ralph was so proud of. Ralph attended his local grandsons' piano concerts and his granddaughter's dance recitals. He was Grandpa to Thomas, Andrew, Krista, Matthew and Ralphie, Dad to Scott and Ralph, brother to Lenore and Allen, a retired boiler-maker/welder, season ticket holder for Nittany Lions and WBS Penguins, home owner in Waymart, PA and beloved by his long-time friends (Lenny and Tom, to name a few) and neighbors (Jim and his family - the extraordinary neighbors I believe that God placed next door to Ralph in Waymart to be a daily help to him for many years). Of all of the blessings of his life though, he was proudest of his two boys and their families and his grandchildren and their accomplishments.
In the latter part of his disease he would say. "God Bless" to cover for words he couldn't recall such as please, thank you and just about anything else. His temperament became more mellow from the disease and he spent much time laughing and making others laugh too. His favorite saying was, "Boop, boop be doo, God Bless You!" He never complained about things that this horrid disease was taking from him (the ability to care for himself, to drive, to do his word puzzles, write in his journal, to operate the DVD to watch his favorite movies, even the ability to remember loved ones by name.) I so admired his ability to keep going in the face of this adversity and we kept going as long as possible, even going on a daylong bus trip just before he had to go into Providence Place. This disease robs you of everything you love, bit by bit. I miss him every single day.
That's why we are walking in the Alzheimer's Awareness Walk on October 14, 2023 in Scranton; to help raise money for a cure for this dreadful disease. We are hoping against hope that no other family/friends have to experience the heartache of losing their loved one to complications of this disease. If you would like to walk with us you can join our team or If you are able to donate, any amount is appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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