1932 ~ 2011
Lois Morriss went to be with the Lord on Tuesday 25th January following a stroke. A memorial service will be held on Friday 11th February, 2.30pm at Carley Church.
Lois Morriss was born in Tunisia. Her parents were missionaries with North Africa Mission (later called Arab World Mission). Lois’ grandparents from her mother’s side were also missionaries – her grandfather had first applied with the mission in 1895. Lois was a third generation missionary kid.
Lois and her younger brother Roland came to England 1 month before the Germans invaded in 1940, and grew up in Letchworth. When Lois was 12 years old her father was serving in Israel for a while where he passed away. After Lois left school, her mother continued service in Tunisia.
In the early 60’s, Lois went to Tangier, Morocco, where the mission had a number of workers who ran a hospital. Lois was a trained nursery nurse. There were many Moroccan believers (converts) and so Lois was involved in encouraging the women and young people. Lois would often write about certain individuals, particularly those who were coping under harassment, asking people to pray for them.
Lois’ brother married a lady who was also a missionary in Morocco. Their son is also with AWM serving in France amongst the North African’s living there – another generation of the Morriss family serving with the mission.
After serving in Morocco for 34 years, Lois retired in 1997 and moved to Leicester. Nonetheless Lois still made regular trips back. Lois was part of the AWM team in Loughborough and enjoyed making ‘Tajine’, a Moroccan dish for them. Lois often spoke in churches about AWM. Lois appreciated the accommodation at Pilgrim Homes, where her mother also lived before passing away. Recently Lois had been helping at a school to translate for a little Arab boy who has limited English. At Carley Church Lois often played the piano and was keen to be involved with the Holiday Bible Clubs and other outreach ventures. As well as being quick to give sound advice on aspects of ministry and re-telling stories from her life, Lois’ steadfast belief in the Lord was always a source of encouragement to others and she will always be remembered for her faithfulness and dedication to Him.