Lyda K. Morris

Lyda K. Morris, best known as "Gummy," went to be with the Lord Jan. 27, 2013. Gummy was born July 24, 1913, in Monaca, Pa. She celebrated 99 wonderful years.

It was in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she made a home for herself with her husband, David J. Morris. Together they had one daughter, Peggy McDeavitt. She was a devoted homemaker and loving mother.

In 1995, Gummy moved to Destin, Fla., with Peggy and her family. She spent her last 18 years in the sunny Florida weather watching her grandchildren grow. Shortly after her 90th birthday, Gummy was diagnosed with the West Nile Virus and despite her age, recovered well. Some think she may have been the oldest survivor of the virus.

For her 99th birthday weekend, Gummy traveled to New Orleans with her daughter and granddaughter. She also enjoyed a special trip on the white sands of Destin in a beach wheelchair.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, David; her parents; and two sisters.

Her survivors include her daughter, Peggy, and two grandchildren, Katie and Peter McDeavitt.

In her last few months, Gummy was well cared for by Covenant Hospice and her sweet caregivers, Kathleen, Andrea, Cheryl and family friend, Rick.

A small family service was held at Heritage Gardens, where she rests next to her late husband.