Elizabeth “Beth” H. Morris age 75, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. Cremations have been accorded. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Beth’s memory.
Beth was born on March 16, 1943 in Antigo, Wisconsin the daughter of Peter and Juanita (Prehn) Helmbrecht. On April 28, 2001, Beth married the love of her life Samuel Ray Morris in Frankfort, Kentucky. She drove school bus for 37 years the last five years for West Carroll School District.
Beth was a master chef: she knew how to make something out of nothing. She fed her children’s friends and family well. She saw food as a path to wellness and took it seriously. Beth was a learner: she studied alternative healing as it relates to spiritual wellness and engaged with specialists in the path to wellness for all. She studied about western and eastern medicine and knew how they co-mingled in the treatment of diseases. Beth was a horse whisperer: she studied with the most learned of all and developed her own approach to helping others as well as her own Herd in healing for the sake of the horse and the people she served. No one was left with a question unanswered when it came to Horses. They were her life, her passion and her soul’s work. Beth was an artist: she could see in nature what others could not. She was a gift of the natural World to all of those who chose to embrace her study. She could work with anyone who wanted her expertise. Beth sought out those who wanted to learn what she knew – whether it was a doctor, farmhand or trainer. She learned from and taught others. She was not afraid of challenge, fear or death. She could ride any horse, work with all disabilities and develop her own way of helping others. She learned from the best horseman like D. Wayne Lukas and Bill Helmbrecht and became a wonderful trainer in her own right. She taught others without regard for her own glory. She was a co-founder of Kamp Kessa, a camp for children at risk that teaches the power of horses and healing. Its concept is to draw from the power of the Herd in teaching others to develop their individual mind, body and spirit. Beth’s spirit has been fully developed with her passing.
Beth was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna. She enjoyed being outside, bow and muzzleloader hunting with her daughter Lisa. She also took pride in taking care of her dogs Pebbles and Lucky. Family meant the world to Beth, she always cherished the time she spent with her family.
Beth will be dearly missed by her husband; 9 children, Todd Hughes of Berlin, Wisconsin, Troy (Angela Salerno-Hughes) of Loves Park, Illinois, Lisa (Lester Jr.) Coers of Savanna, David Thelen and Peter Thelen of Olympia, Washington, Leah (Jason) Brandle of Loves Park, Rhowyn (Mark) Grams of Alex City, Alabama, Michele (KO Bryant) Sutton of St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Morris of Horse Cave, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Peter (Pat) Helmbrecht, Bill Helmbrecht, Suzie Helmbrecht, Thecla (Andy) Helmbrecht-Howard, Mary Ann (Fred) Helmbrecht and Barb (Renalder) Swain. Beth was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marty Helmbrecht and a great-grandson, Shawn Hughes.