Ines Morries still dancing at 79

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

If there is a secret to Ines Morries staying young at 79 it could be dancing. She started dancing as a young girl and has continued dancing all her life.

Dancing comes natural to her and it is good exercise and she has made a lot of friends through the years as she attends senior citizen dances.

Born May 6, 1929, in Alicia, she and her family moved to Leachville where they lived for a year before moving to Manila where she has lived since.

Her father, Walter Williams, played the fiddle and the family danced. She had two sisters and three brothers.

"We didn't have television and video games," she said. "We didn't even have electricity. We had a lot of fun listening to music and square dancing. Not too many people square dance anymore, they do more line dancing."

She can line dance but she mostly enjoys doing the two-step or a waltz. She also likes country dancing.

She married Jack Morries in 1944. Mr. Morries died in 2005.

The couple raised five children, four boys and a daughter. They are Kenneth Morries, who died in a car accident in 1996; Tommy Morries, Pat Austin, and Johnny Morries, all of Manila; and Danny Morries of Jonesboro. She has 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one more on the way.

"We were happy to be able to raise our children in Manila and see all of them graduate from high school," Mrs. Morries said. "They are very supportive of me and encourage me. I am thankful for my children."

Mrs. Morries worked at Brown Shoe Company for 15 years. She also worked at the garment factory in Manila and one in Lepanto. She also worked in the shoe factories in Manila, Blytheville and Osceola.

Mr. and Mrs. Morries moved to an apartment at the Manila Housing Authority 12 years ago.

"I love my apartment here," she said. "I don't have to worry about the yard work."

At 79 Mrs. Morries still takes care of her own home, enjoys cooking, and still raises a few onions during the gardening season.

When she was raising her children and working, they didn't have a lot of time to go to dances, but after the children were grown, she and Jack enjoyed going to the senior ciitizen dances.

She once made all of her daughter's clothes and her own clothes. She doesn't sew like she once did but she still enjoys adding a little extra to her dancing outfits.

She and a friend from Paragould enjoy going to dances.

"Sometimes I go four or five nights a week," she said. "I think dancing has kept me going. I don't drink or go to taverns to dance. We go to the senior dances for good, healthy fun. There is a dance just about every night of the week somewhere - Blytheville, Kennett, Hoxie, Paragould, or Manila."

Mrs. Morries doesn't think about age.

"I really don't feel old," she said. "As long as I feel good and I am able to go I will. Naturally, I can't do what I did at 30 or 40, but there is no reason to sit down and quit. I know a lot of people at all of the dances. I have always tried to treat everyone like I want to be treated. I am thankful I am able to get up and go. My advice to anyone is to live life the best they can and praise the Lord they are still able to do what they can. The Lord is the one who keeps us going."

Mrs. Morries loves life and hopes to keep on dancing for many years to come.

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