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Posted on: November 13, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Lilburn Mourns Passing of Former Councilwoman

The City of Lilburn mourns the passing of Helen Morriss, a former city councilwoman and lifelong public servant.

Mrs. Morriss passed away on Monday evening at the age of 80. Visitation for the family of Mrs. Morriss will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Bill Head Funeral Home, 6101 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Mrs. Morriss was elected to the Lilburn City Council from 1989 to 1994. She represented Lilburn on the Gwinnett County Planning Commission and helped form the Lilburn Planning Commission, for which she wrote the original ordinances and served as Chairman. She also served on the Lilburn Merit Board and was a current member of the Downtown Development Authority at the time of her passing.

"Helen Morriss lived a life of servant leadership that has left a mark on all of us," Mayor Johnny Crist said.

A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Morriss was born and raised in Norcross and moved to Lilburn in 1976. She graduated from Norcross High School and the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia, now Georgia State, majoring in business administration.

Mrs. Morriss spent all of her working years with the State of Georgia, beginning in the Revenue Department, then Agriculture Department, and ending in the Department of Human Resources.

Her husband, George, also a Gwinnett native, retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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