Title: Chief Executive Officer, Mortuary Supervisor
Company: Morris Funerals & Cremation Services, LLC
Location: Capitol Heights, Maryland, United States
Marche Shavone Morris, chief executive officer and mortuary supervisor at Morris Funerals & Cremation Services LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mortuary science.
Ms. Morris’ career in mortuary science began following her experiences working for the American Red Cross on September 11, 2001. Initially sent to the Pentagon as a part of the emergency rescue team, she helped direct front-line resources for survivors and coordinated first-aid efforts, which stretched into administering emergency blood drives throughout the area in the weeks that followed. While heartened by the massive community efforts that she saw in the wake of the attacks, Ms. Morris was frustrated by the lack of coordination and the resources she saw being wasted or misdirected. She subsequently enrolled in the mortuary science program at Catonsville Community College, from which she graduated in 2012 with an Associate of Applied Science.Discovering a rare talent for complex reconstructive procedures, she felt called to mortuary science due to the opportunities it afforded in helping friends and family of the deceased find comfort and closure.
Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Morris has worked as a freelance embalmer and a crematory operator, in addition to contract work as an assistant and funeral director for numerous funeral homes throughout Maryland. In 2018, she opened Morris Funerals & Cremation Services, an independent funeral home where she acts as the chief executive officer and manager, in addition to performing all mortuary work. In a male-dominated industry where corporately-owned chains are the standard, Ms. Morris is proud to operate a woman-owned and community-based business, and strives to maintain a high standard of fair, compassionate, and dignified service.
As one of the Washington, D.C. area’s most trusted mortuary specialists, Ms. Morris’ work during the COVID-19 pandemic was featured in a 2020 Washington Post article, and she is the recipient of several service excellence awards for her reconstruction work. For several years, she has served as a volunteer bereavement specialist for the Suitland Action Team, a community outreach organization offering assistance to area families and children, and she hopes to be able to offer her clients bereavement counseling services in the future. Morris Funerals & Cremation Services broke ground on a new building in the Washington, D.C., area in early 2021, and Ms. Morris looks forward to helping her clients find healing and strength through compassionate and professional service in her new home.
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