Edith Ireland Morris

June 9th, 1922July 1st, 2015

Edith (“Edie”) Ireland Morris peacefully passed away on July 1, 2015 in her home with family and friends by her side.  She lived a long and eventful 93 years.

Edie was born in Denver in 1922 to Clarence and Bess Ireland.  She came from a historic family with deep roots in Colorado.   Her father was Attorney General of Colorado, her mother was from the pioneer Parker family (founders of Parker, CO), her sister Betty helped start Metro State College in Denver, and her great uncle was railroad entrepreneur David  Moffat.

Edie graduated from Denver’s East High School in 1940, where she was the editor of the school paper.  In 1944 she graduated with a B.S. from the School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Business School Honorary.  She was also very active in her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.

After college she worked for Western Airlines in Denver and in San Francisco (where she recalled helping start a large and spontaneous parade down Market Street on “VJ Day” at the end of WWII).  She later worked for Boulder Travel Agency, and was active in the Junior League.

In 1947 she married Johnson (“Jay”) L. Baily and they had three children:  James , Carol,  and David.  In 1971, Edie married Bertram Morris (CU philosophy professor) who had two daughters:  Judy Drake  and Susan DeJong.

Edie was very involved with the University of Colorado in Boulder throughtout her life.  She endowed the ongoing Bertram Morris Colloquium in Philosophy; she was a sponsor of the Macky Auditorium renovation; she co-founded The Friends of the Library; and she was a long term member of the Committee for the Conference on World Affairs, Chair Emeritus of the Housing Committee, and helping to manage the Conference following Howard Higman.  The 2010 Conference on World Affairs was dedicated to Edie.

Edie was perhaps best known for her volunteering and support of local cultural organizations.  She was President of the Boulder Philharmonic during its early days, remaining in its honorary Order of the Baton.  Other organizations she supported include the Takacs Quartet society, the Nancy Spanier Dance Troupe, the Democratic Women of Boulder County, the Colorado Music Festival, Colorado ACLU, and the Committee on Foreign Relations.  One of her favorite groups, Spunky Women, honored her as a “distinguished role model” in 1966.

Edie loved to be active.  She skied Berthoud Pass before there were ski lifts; she and friends rode horses around Denver during her high school years; she was a champion on the tennis court; she fly-fished many rivers and hiked many trails; and she loved to travel the world.

One of her greatest loves was rescuing  pets, to give them a warm and loving home. Over the years she opened up her home to five  golden retrievers, when their owners could no longer care for them.  She also loved to garden.

Edie is survived by her son James of Boulder, CO;  daughter Carol of Steamboat Springs, CO; nieces Terry Lukas (husband Andy) and Tina Naugle of Longmomt, CO;  grand nephews Jeff Lukas of Longmont, CO and Will Lukas of Albuquerque, NM; and step-daughters Judy Drake of Seattle, WA and Susan DeJong (husband Conrad) of Santa Fe, NM.  She was preceded in death by her son David  Baily (1980), husband Bertram Morris (1981), sister Betty Naugle ( 2002), and first husband Jay Baily (2006).

Edie is remembered by many, many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers if you would like to make a donation in Edie’s memory please consider:

  • Tru Community Care Hospice
  • Grrr (Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies)
  • Boulder Philharmonic

or to a charity of your choice.


A private celebration of Edie’s life will be held at a later date.