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by ngairedith on 2012-11-11 00:02:33

Subject: Mabel Scandrett
To: ngairedith
From: pjwtrc
Date: 2012-11-10 22:51:28

MABEL married my grandfather Bernal Morris June 27th 1945. This was his second marriage. Bernal already had four boys from his first marriage, his oldest Raymond being my father. Mabel and Bernal had two boys Brian and Lloyd. She was an amazing woman as she raised the boys pretty much alone as he died of cancer I think in 1959 when the boys were still young. The following is from the Morris and Morris Funeral Director site which is about her and Bernal. Mabel must have been close to 90 when she died in Whangarei probably nearly 20 years ago. There was actually a full page article in one of the Whangarei newspapers about her when she turned eighty but so far have not been able to get a copy. Her sons still live up North.

When Morris & Morris Ltd was set up it was quite common for a funeral directing business to be associated with other occupations and to be a Home furnisher would not have been unusual.

But we have moved on from those days and although the style of funeral directing may have changed the service has become more individual and unique, we now provide the best possible way for a family to express their emotions and farewell their loved ones.

In the early 40's Bernal Francis Morris, a clerk with the North Auckland Farmers Co-Op and Mabel Roberta Scandrett in charge of Warkworth accountant's office, had many discussions on the lack of a funeral director in Warkworth and surrounding districts. So in Easter 1944 both Mabel and Bernal took the opportunity of making a trip of investigation throughout Auckland, looking at funeral directors, services and premises. In June of that year Bernal Morris opened a furniture shop in Warkworth and notified the public that he would be acting as the resident funeral Director as well. Although no formal training was available or needed to become a funeral director, Bernal Morris was able to rely on firms in Auckland for help, advice and assistance.

Thus the family business was established at Warkworth in June 1944 by Bernal Morris, as a combined business of Funeral Director and home Furnisher, under the name of B.F. Morris. These small rented premises were used for preparing of caskets, as caskets at this time were travelling by rail from Auckland to Warkworth, the caskets were then varnished and polished by Bernal. The first funeral provided by B.F. Morris was in August 1944 and the people of the district were glad to have a funeral director living in the town, so easily contacted instead of calling in someone from Auckland.

June 1945 saw Bernal and Mabel married both continuing in their own work as well as running the funeral business. August 1946 saw the arrival of Lloyd Henry Morris their first son and about this time Raymond, Bernal's son from his first marriage came to live with the family and so was occasionally asked to help his father on calls into the country. This is when the partnership of Morris & Morris was formed in 1948, and a building occupied as Dentists rooms was purchased in the centre of Warkworth town and became the new Morris & Morris office.

By 1949 it was decided that Mabel should do accountancy for her own clients who were eager to have their books kept and returns made, so the partnership then became Morris & Morris Funeral Directors & Taxation Specialists. By 1950, Donald and Graham two other sons from his previous marriage, were working in their chosen trades, but all lent a hand when help was required in the family business. Later his forth son, Neville would assist when required.

December 1951 saw the birth of Brian Robert Morris, Bernal and Mabel's second son and at this time, travellers for business dealing in funeral requirements kept advising Morris & Morris to set up a second business in Whangarei. In 1953 the possibility of moving the business to Whangarei was seriously explored and eventually a storage area of down town Whangarei was rented.

So June 1953 saw the trek from Warkworth to Whangarei and the beginning of a new life for all concerned.

In 1954 new premises were secured at 7 Kamo Road, Whangarei. Considerable alterations were made to these premises in order to establish a chapel, viewing rooms, and reasonable working areas. Mabel continued in her role as an accountant for local clients but by 1956 had relinquished them all as the number of funerals the firm was handling was steadily increasing. Up to 1956 casual help had been used when assistance was required but in 1956-57 Bernal's third son, Graham, became a full-time assistant.

In 1958 new business premises were needed and were leased at 180 Bank Street, Whangarei at this stage Morris & Morris used only one third of the building. Eventually Morris & Morris came to occupy the whole building and conducted all business from there by early 1962. Bernal Morris died in June 1959 but Mabel decided to continue on with the funeral directing business with the assistance of Graham.

In 1963 it was becoming evident that when the lease on 180 Bank Street expired, new premises would need to be found. After a considerable search, the property at 126 Bank Street was purchased in 1964 with the intention of building new funeral premises to their specifications. By mid 1967 construction had started and the new Funeral Home would include a Chapel, viewing rooms, working area and garaging the business operated here from April 1968. During the 1960's business was increasing and in the later part of the decade additional full time staff were employed. In August 1971 Mrs Morris's eldest son Lloyd commenced full time duties and in 1976 he was appointed manager with Mrs Morris still retaining the position of Governing Director.

In 1977 Morris & Morris Ltd bought two adjoining properties in Norfolk Street with the intention of extending the building and expanding the business. They were kept as residential units but as time went on it was realised that the company would be better served by a complete shift of property rather than an extension.

In August 1981 Morris & Morris Ltd purchased the long-standing funeral firm of B.C. Squire & Son in Kaikohe. This business is operated by three full time staff and is run as a separate entity, although in close co-operation, with Morris & Morris Ltd.

By 1986 it was realised that the mortuary at Bank Street needed enlarging, and parking at the site became a problem as the Chapel was unable to cope with the increasing number of people attending funerals, so for these and other reasons it was decided to again purchase a property in Kamo Road and this would be the site for the new larger building for Morris & Morris Ltd. The original Morris & Morris Ltd sign was removed from Bank Street and placed in position at Kamo Road to keep the old image, and give the public a sense of continuity, and an idea of where Morris & Morris Ltd would be in the coming future.

The official opening of Morris & Morris Ltd's new complex was held on
17 September 1988. The new building was highlighted as being the most modern funeral facility in the country.

In 1990 Morris & Morris Ltd received the honour of having its manager Mr Lloyd Morris elected as the president of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ).

As the next generation of Morris's began a new era in the complex on Kamo Road, the previous generation slowly began to take a back seat in the business and personal decisions made by the company. After some 44 years of service in funeral directing with her company of Morris & Morris Ltd, Mrs Mabel Morris retired on 30 March 1992. From the beginnings of a business in 1944 and opening of the new state of the art complex in 1988, Morris & Morris Ltd truly became a family business and a big part of the Whangarei community.
Hopefully you will find this of interest


NOTE
BERNAL's BURIAL

Surname: MORRIS
Forenames: BERNAL FRANCIS
Age: 58 Years
Gender: Male
Date of Death: 20 June 1959
Funeral Director: Morris & Morris, P O Box 8043, Kensington, WHANGAREI
Cemetery: Maunu Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Whangarei
Plot Location: Forest Lawn Block Fifteen Plot 911
Date of Burial: 23 June 1959

MABEL's CREMATION
Surname MORRIS
Forenames MABEL ROBERTA
Age: 89 Years
Gender: Female
Date of Death: 29 Aug 1997
Date of Cremation: 1 Sep 1997
Funeral Director: Morris & Morris, P O Box 8043, Kensington, WHANGAREI

by colloy on 2014-02-07 16:35:33

Mabel's ashes are interred in Te Kapa Cemetery, Mullet Point,Warkworth alongside the graves of her parents and her brothers

by ngairedith on 2014-02-07 21:42:48

thank you to colloy for the message:
Subject: Scandrett and Morris
To: ngairedith
From: colloy
Date: 2014-02-07 20:25:39
Bernal Francis Morris(1900-1959) was the elder son and second child of Charles Horatio and Frances Marie Morris. His older sister was Eila (born1899 and later married Alf Tailby. Eila and Alf both cremated, ashes interred in their daughters grave in Te Awamutu Cemetery
Younger brother was Ashley , born around 1904 was married several times His only child is daughter Judith (Parlane) now living in ... (supplied)

will post more details when I can sort out some of the info I have filed away!

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