Vicki L. Cupp Morris
Vicki L. Cupp Morris, 57, of Orange, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2009 at her residence. A celebration of Vicki’s life will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be the Rev. John Fortenberry, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and his son, the Rev. Jason Fortenberry, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Newton. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday at the church. Rite of Christian Burial will follow services in the Bland Cemetery in Orange.
Born on Sept. 21, 1951 in Eldorado, Ark., she is the daughter of Odis Augustus Cupp and Christine (McKnight) Cupp, she was a 52 year resident of Orange. Vicki worked as a registered nurse in the day surgery department for 21 years at Baptist Hospital in Orange. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Orange Chapter #214 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Vicki graduated from Lutcher Stark High School and earned her degree from Lamar University in Beaumont as a registered nurse. She loved what she did and was proud to be a nurse, second only to her love for her family and serving her Lord and Savior. Many times she said that God, in planning her life, had blessed her with her family and a second opportunity to complete her education as a nurse. She felt she had the best of both worlds and that her patients gave her more than she could have ever given them. The most important part of Vicki’s life was her family. She was always proud of being a wife, mother and “Kicki.” Love was never lacking for her grandchildren; they were her heart, her life and her soul, each having a special place. There were never enough hugs, kisses or smiles, each grew to expect theirs and a lot of “I Love Yous.” Each day filled her heart more with love for each of them if it were possible, there just never seemed to be enough time. Vicki enjoyed all of her friends. She often said she was a “hugger” and it did not take long for those around her to expect that hug and smile. There were so many people that touched Vicki’s life, especially in the last few years.
Her family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Birdwell and his staff, nurses and all of those at Texas Oncology in Beaumont that were always there to take care of her and share many times with smiles and laughter. If it were possible, you made her treatments and test bearable and you will never know what you meant. Mrs. Eddie Jean Stephenson, you gave of yourself so unselfishly with your time, encouragement and support. You were called many times and you were always there. You and your family were loved by Vicki and held a very special place in her heart. Brother John and Sybil, what would we have done without you? You were not only her pastor and pastor’s wife, you were closer than any friend and you were loved and cherish by all of the family. There are many people that are special to Vicki and you know who you are. There is not enough space to list each one she loved and held dear and leaving one out would be unforgivable. There shall be a time when you will receive you hugs and kisses from her and she will tell you what you meant to her. Momma #2 and Dad #2 you know what I mean. She will be there awaiting us all.
Vicki is preceded in death by her mother, Christine Cupp and her infant son, Jason Frederick.
Those grieving her passing yet cherishing her memory are her loving husband, Bob Morris of Orange; her father Odis Augustus Cupp of Orange; daughter, Carmie (Frederick) Bates and her husband Greg of Deweyville; son, Jay Frederick and his wife Joyce of Vinton, La.; her step-daughters, Monique Fischer and her husband, Ethan and Meghan Morris all of Port Neches; step-sons, Raymond Morris of Houston and Carter Morris of Port Neches; sisters, Sherry Woods and her husband Bernard of Orange and Pam Williams and her husband Danny of Woodville; brothers, Richard Cupp and David Cupp both of Orange; special friends, Dan and Opal Smart of Deweyville; in-laws,Tobe and Peggy Frederick; grandchildren, Colton Bates, Haley Frederick, Carla Bates and Hunter Frederick; step-grandchildren, Charlie Fisher, Patrick Morris, Carayllee Fischer, Logan Morris, Noah Fischer and Reese Morris. Vicki is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, a host of friends and her church family at Calvary Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Jay Frederick, Greg Bates, Stephen Gibson, Raymond Morris, Carter Morris, David E. Cupp and Bill Fortenberry. Honorary pallbearers are Colton Bates, Hunter Frederick, Patrick Morris, Logan Morris, Rease Morris and Noah Fischer.
The family wishes to thank the Staff of Odyssey Healthcare Hospice in Beaumont who took wonderful care of Vicki in her final days; especially, Carol Campbell, Carmen White and Kevin Brian.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers; please make donations to the offices of Dr. Robert Birdwell with Texas Oncology in Beaumont to aide those who need assistance with their care. The family is being served by Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.