Services were held July 3 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Gulfport, for Marie Morris Alfonso. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Army.
Marie Morris Alfonso, of Madison, formerly of Gulfport, died June 23 at Hospice Ministries, at the age of 97. She was born October 19, 1919 in Scotland, S.D. to Bertha Ellen Morris and Eli Morris. She grew up in Watts, Okla., and graduated high school there in 1939. She attended Sparks Memorial School of Nursing, graduating in 1948 as an RN.
She served her country in the Army Nurses Corps, rising to the rank of captain before being honorably discharged in 1958. She married Joseph Decidue Alfonso in 1957, and was stationed with him in various places in Europe and the United States until returning to Gulfport after his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1965.
Mrs. Alfonso was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph Decidue Alfonso, two sisters and five brothers. She is survived by her daughter JoAnna Alfonso Williams (Harris) of Pensacola; granddaughter Augusta Williams Fair (Bailey) of Jackson; grandsons Harris Augustus Bell Williams Jr. of Hattiesburg, and Bennett Joseph Decidue Williams and Knox Haralson Williams, both of Pensacola; sister Pauline Wood; numerous nieces and nephews; and her devoted friend Margie Bell of Jackson.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland for their loving care of Mrs. Alfonso during her time there, as well as Dr. Rebecca Moulder and staff for their care of Mrs. Alfonso during her time in Madison.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society; c/o St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 2414 17th St., Gulfport, Miss., 39501; or the Gulf Coast Sailing Foundation, c/o Gulfport Yacht Club, P.O. Box 600, Gulfport, Miss., 39502; or a charity of choice.
Pallbearers were her son-in-law Harris B. Williams; grandsons Harris B. Williams Jr., Bennett J. Williams and Knox H. Williams, her grandson-in-law Bailey R. Fair, Dr. Thomas F. Hewes, nephew Donald J. Alfonso Sr. and great-nephew Christopher Mensi. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews Nofie D. Alfonso Jr., Christopher D. Alfonso, August D. Alfonso and Andy J. Alfonso Jr.
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