Morris, Patricia Ann

11/11/2021

Patricia A. Morris, who championed the role of laity in the United Methodist Church while serving in leadership positions on the local, Conference and denominational level, passed away at her home in Beaver Falls on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Pat was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church in Beaver.

Born October 18, 1946, Pat graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1964 and Geneva College in 1980. She worked at Beglin Motor Sales, Inc., Bridgewater, Pa for 32 years. 

In the Church, she served as Butler District Lay Leader from 1990-1994, when she was elected as the Conference Lay Leader and served in that role for six years.  Pat was a delegate to five United Methodist General Conferences -- 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.  In 2012, she was the first-elected lay delegate. She also served on the Northeastern Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee for eight years, from 2004-2012. 

In 2005, Pat worked with survivors of Hurricane Ivan in Beaver County as part of a Federal Government Outreach team through Beaver County Mental Health. 

In 2006 she joined the staff of The Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church as Conference Treasurer.  In the position, she initiated Local Church Training and manuals. She started retirement training events for clergy, launched the network of Surviving Spouses and conducted stewardship training events in the Conference. She retired from the position in October of 2013.

Pat is survived by many close cousins and her loving friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean McCandless, and brother Hobey Morris.

There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 1 pm until time of service at 3 pm at College Avenue United Methodist Church, 345 College Avenue, Beaver, Pa 15009. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the College Avenue United Methodist Church.