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Nancy Brown Morris

Nancy Brown Morris

November 23, 1936 - September 16, 2017     Age: 80

Nancy Brown Morris, age 80, formerly of St. Mary’s, GA, presently of Fernandina Beach passed away on Saturday morning, September 16, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

Born in Waldo, FL she was the only child born to the late N. Clarke Brown and Marjorie Claire Bell.  As a child her family moved to Camden County with her father’s business.  She grew up in St. Mary’s, GA where she was a graduate of Camden County High School, Class of 1955.  In August of 1955 she married John Calvin Newton, Jr.   The Newton’s had three children who hold fond memories of their childhood and being raised around the salt marshes of St. Mary’s, GA.   While raising children she worked as a Purchasing Agent at Gilman Hospital. She was a resident of Fernandina Beach since 1995.

She had been a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Mary’s.

Her family recalls her love of reading, gardening, needlepoint, dancing, crafting, painting and the Florida Gators.

She leaves behind her three children, John Calvin Newton, III and his wife, Jennifer, Tampa, FL, Julia “Julie” Newton Bennett, Fernandina Beach, FL, Jana Newton Roper and her husband, David, Greensboro, GA, grandchildren, John Clarke Newton and his wife, Marshall, Jacob Cheney Newton, Allen Sheffield Roper, Julia Camden Roper, Eddie Bennett, Julie Marie Bennett and her great grand children, Austen Allan Bennett, Ansley Taylor Bennett, and Lillian “Lily” Simons Newton.

Funeral services from the graveside will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 where she will be laid to rest with her parents in Oakgrove Cemetery, St. Mary’s, Georgia.

6 Condolences

  • Meg (Rowland) & Paul Butler Posted September 18, 2017 10:15 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. I remember her from my childhood, but got to know her as an adult when we purchased her home in St. Mary’s. We remember how hard it was for her and that she told us she didn’t think she would have been able to sell it to anyone else; we were so honored. We loved that home and the life we had there. Nancy asked if she could come get clippings of cedar trees each winter so that she could continue making Christmas wreaths for her parents graves, and came by one day to retrieve a roll of brown paper that had been left in the closet to make cutouts for the furniture in her new home so that she could arrange the furniture. She always had a laugh and a smile and offered a glass of wine! We will cherish our memories of her always.

  • Suzanne Hill Greer Posted September 19, 2017 2:40 pm

    Johnny, Julie and Jana, I am so sorry to hear of your sweet mama’s passing. She was one of my favorite people in the world. She was always so happy and I’ll never forget her laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Elese Stover Posted September 19, 2017 5:06 pm

    Oh, Newton “kids”….what a sweetheart your Mama was! She was a gem, and one with a beautiful smile and personality. I know you guys will miss her. I’m so very sorry.

  • Michael Love Posted September 19, 2017 9:37 pm

    I loved your mother through childhood and, later, as an adult in Fernandina where we both lived and worshipped together at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. And, we really laughed a lot when we were together — even in church.. Nancy was a great lady, and I am better for having known her. She was good company — someone who had funny stories and always seemed happy to see me. I felt the same way about her.

  • Kathy Lawrence Posted September 22, 2017 8:40 am

    Julie, My heart goes out to. I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Your mother was such a wonderful lady, one of my all time favorite customers. She was always funny, and upbeat, she always put a smile on my face. I’m sure she was a blessing in your life.

  • Robin Braswell Posted September 25, 2017 11:59 pm

    Johnny, Julie and Jana-I was sorry to hear about your Mom. I know that she and my Mom are up there talking and enjoying themselves. She was a great friend to my Mom and Mom cherished that. I enjoyed visiting with her in Fernandina-I just wish I had seen her more. Take care of yourselves. I would love to met up with ya’ll. My phone number is the same!

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