Dr. Doris Morton, PhD
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Dr. Doris Louise Burns Morton, PhD, 90, was born June 21, 1931 in Aberdeen, MS to the union of the late Ada Eubanks Burns and Henry Burns. She departed this life Friday, October 1, 2021, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS. She was the last surviving member of the Burns household, which included her parents, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters.
Dr. Morton accepted Christ as her personal savior and became a member of Saint Peter's UM Church, where her membership remained. She was very active in the Methodist Women's organization and sometimes played the piano. Doris graduated from Shivers-Vine High School as valedictorian of her class. She went on to graduate cum laude from Dillard University with a bachelor's degree in English. Doris went on to earn masters' degrees from both Harvard and the University of Texas and a PhD degree in Literature from Emory University. Dr. Morton was a college professor for several colleges before retiring from Auburn University as a tenured professor.
Doris was very active in politics on the local and national level. She was a kind and generous person who believed in people, and she did not begrudge anyone. She was loved and will be missed by many.
She is survived by one niece, Harolyn Walker, nephews, Allen Jackson of Indianapolis, Indiana, Oliver Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana, and others, several other friends and relatives.
Dr. Doris Morton was cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen, Mississippi is in charge of the arrangements.