Bonnie Lanice Morris was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 8, 1953.
She had an idyllic childhood at her parents’ 75-acre children’s riding camp, Rocking Horse Stables. She had an immense love for animals and always had a menagerie of rescue animals running around. She moved to Penn Yan, New York, in 1978 and soon after founded Lake Valley Realty, one of the largest real estate agencies in the Finger Lakes.
In 1998, she moved to Lake Placid with her three children – Chris, Sarah and Emma – and was Sales Manager at Whiteface Club & Resort until 2004. Later she had her brokerage shop which enabled her to travel a lot around the world and in almost every state with his dogs, Sami and Tate, and his cats, Booch and Bobbi.
She never stayed in one place for very long and loved to plan trips with her children in the motorhome. Some of his favorite places were Sante Fe, New Mexico; Carpinteria, California; the Oregon coast; and the Salt River in Mesa, Arizona. Bonnie was an avid photographer and was constantly taking stunning photos, especially of wild animals. She was repairing a boat with her daughter Emma (an ongoing project) and they frequently camping, hiking and kayaking together. She was a strong advocate for wild horses in the United States and spoke frequently of their mistreatment and abuse. Whenever possible, she helped save horses, most often former thoroughbreds sent to slaughter by the rodeo and racing industries.
Bonnie had a lasting impact on everyone she met; she was an extraordinarily generous and free-spirited person. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Bonnie was a proud and devoted mother to Christopher Morris Schuck, Sarah Morris Schuck and Emma Johanna Morris Downey. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Mertsock, and her beloved pets.
She was predeceased by her parents, 1st Lt. Landis D. Morris and Bernice H. Olsen, and two brothers, Wyman and Duke Morris.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Return to Freedom – Wild Horse Conservation, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, or Joshua Fund, Inc. Dog Rescue.
MB Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of the arrangements.
Please visit www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.