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On June 26, 2023, after 92 years, Heaven’s Gate opened and received Annie Mae (Morris) Hyland. Annie was born on March 30, 1931, in Hebron, Md to the late William and Ethel (Bailey) Morris. Annie Mae received her education in the Wicomico County School system.
Annie Mae started her years of employment with Marvel Packing Company at 17 years old. She was also employed at White’s Jewelers of Salisbury, Maryland and then moved on to Coldwater Seafood Corp of Cambridge, Md until her retirement in 1992. For several years after retirement Annie continue to work at Sarah, Margaret and Mollie’s Place in Hebron as a caregiver for the elderly. In 1993 she found her calling as a Foster Grandparent working at Shore Up Inc. in Salisbury where she worked faithfully for twenty years until her health begin to fail.
Annie was joined in Holy Matrimony with Lester “Bootsie” Hyland on June 7, 1958. She was happily married for thirty-three years until his passing in 1991.
Annie was a lifelong member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Hebron. She served faithfully as President of the Usher Board for over 30 years until her health no longer allowed; attending numerous Usher Day services at other churches, representing St. Luke. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Book Club. As a Bible study class member, it is known that she would stop and ask many questions until she understood. Her favorite teacher, Bro. Charles Handy, would always oblige. Annie had her special seat in the pew on the right side of the church, everyone knew not to sit in her seat! She also had her unofficial parking spot in the front row behind the telephone pole. If anyone happened to get to church before her, which was rare, they had to move if parked in that spot.
Annie was quite the shopper. Her favorite stores were JC Penney and Boscov where she would always find a bargain. She loved shoes and passed this love affair on to her daughter. Her favorite saying was “You can have on a million-dollar outfit, but the shoes must match.” She loved music and you could always hear her gospel music on Sunday mornings if you happened to walk by. After her husband’s passing, she enjoyed reading and doing crossword and word search puzzles.
Annie had a love for her family, especially her grandchildren and the infamous Morris clan: her brothers and sisters. Visiting with her sister Freda and sitting on the porch was an everyday occurrence. She couldn’t wait for her brother from Philadelphia. “Mick is coming home.” He wouldn’t stay with anyone but her. We will never forget the year Juanita accompanied (she was the only one that would do it) her and Freda on their first plane ride to Texas to see their brother Robert “Tit”. What a time they had! They all enjoyed family reunions, cooking, and eating for days.
After her illness no longer allowed her to live alone, Annie moved with her daughter Jennifer (Janie) and son-in-love Michael for the last ten years of her life. She went from 100 Elm St. in Hebron to 100 Heathfield Court in Middletown, DE, and the party was on until God called her home on that Monday afternoon. She always stated, “I’m going home”, and would want to hop a ride with whomever came to visit from Hebron, especially if it was Reggie “Opie” or Ronnie D.
She attended the MOT Senior Center and the Christiana Care Evergreen Center while living in Delaware. Annie regularly attended services at Simpson United Methodist Church in Wilmington, but never gave up her membership at St. Luke.
They all loved and called her Mom at Simpson, and some never knew her first name. She even found a special seat at Simpson enjoying the Men’s Choir on the third Sunday saying, “you know those men can sing!” Of course, her favorite son-in-love, Michael was a member.
Being Mother, Mom, Auntie, Annie, and Annie Mae for 92 years, we have far too many stories to tell. Never forgotten will be her vegetable beef soup, famous corn pudding, dumplings, and sweet potato pie. We will always hear her saying “Being kind doesn’t cost you nothing, because the sun don’t shine on you always.” Also remember her love for God.
Annie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ethel (Bailey) Morris; husband, Lester “Bootsie” Hyland; grandchildren: Eugene Fooks and Rhonda Morris; one sister, Freda Wharton, (Matthew “Junebug”); brothers: William “Billy” Morris (Odessa), Benjamin “Benny” Morris, (Theresa), Robert “Tit” Morris (Kathryn) and Milton Morris; mother and father-in-laws, Ralph and Edith Holland; sisters-in-law: Isabell Holland and Irene Brown; brothers-in-law: William “Billy” Moore, Ralph “Teddy” Holland, and William “Billy” Holland.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Ronald Morris (Frances) of Hebron, Michael Hyland (Georgeanna) of Bear, DE, and Jennifer Brown (Michael) of Middletown, DE; a god-daughter, Bernice Beasley (Eddie) of Cambridge; her blessing of 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosalee Moore of Hebron; a sister-in-law, Hattie Morris of Philadelphia, PA and Joyce Kelly (David) of Dagsboro, DE. Her special niece, who she called “my girl”, Mary (Beth) Morris. She also will be truly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, caregivers, other relatives, and friends.