Dianne Dahmer Morris passed away peacefully at Medicalodges in Nevada, MO on Thursday morning July 1, 2021. She was born October 23, 1937 in Nevada, MO to Maurice Lee and Eula Grace (Skinner) Dahmer. She was united in marriage to Perry J Morris on August 29, 1957 in Springfield, MO.
Dianne graduated from Nevada High School in 1955 and attended what was then known as Southwest Missouri State College, receiving a Bachelors’ degree in Education. Later she earned a Masters in School Supervision and Administration from Central Missouri State University and a Certificate as a Reading Specialist from University of Missouri Kansas City. She and Perry met at Southwest Missouri State, were married in Springfield, then moved to Iowa City, Iowa in order for Perry to finish his education. In 1962 they moved to the Kansas City area, eventually making their home in Raytown, MO where they made a fulfilling life for over 50 years. She taught for 32 years in the Raytown school district, then retired from teaching in 1992, and began a career at Hall’s in Kansas City, retiring in 2003. They were very active in the Kansas City Arts scene, and she was a volunteer for several years with Breaktime, a program to provide daytime activities for Alzheimer’s patients. She also loved to knit, and each winter she provided thousands of stocking caps to a local charity. She and Perry enjoyed travel and had many fond memories of their times visiting places such as New York City, London, Greece, and Istanbul just to name a few. She was also an active member of the Raytown Teacher’s Organization, PEO Sisterhood, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Dianne is survived by her husband Perry, of Nevada MO; three brothers: Maurice Lee Dahmer, Jr (Bub) of Nevada, Chuck Dahmer and his wife Barbara of Nevada, and Pat Dahmer and his wife Ruth of Littleton, CO; two sisters: Sue Crawford of Blue Springs, MO, and Kay Wells of Grove, OK; sister-in-law Alice Curtis of Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Lanny Lee, and sister-in-law Marinda (Tin) Dahmer.
Funeral services are planned for Monday, July 5th at 11:00 AM at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO, with burial to follow at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. The family will receive friends at 10:00 AM that morning prior to the service at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute to the M.L. and Grace Dahmer Scholarship fund for Nevada High School graduates in care of the funeral home.
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