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Effie Lee Morris was the epitome of a hero. At the funeral service, one of her friends said that Effie Lee used to “run the gauntlet” when she would go to Hunter’s Point to read to children, but, before reaching the school, she would have encountered drug dealers who’d tried to sell their “merchandise” to her.

She displayed her heroism in many other ways. I knew Effie Lee as the founding president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and the leader who coordinated book donations for children to the San Francisco Hall of Justice Teddy Bear Room. Joan Gelfand and I saw what this project meant to Effie Lee-–that time when we were Effie Lee’s “understudies” and dropped off the donations with WNBA SF Chapter past president Adele Horwitz.

I miss Effie Lee. It was always a special treat to see her at WNBA events and board meetings. I’m going to honor her by watching one of her favorite movies–-Amélie. Effie Lee said she loved Paris.  Au revoir et salut, dear Effie Lee.

Teresa LeYung Ryan & EFFIE LEE MORRIS at 2009 Effie Lee Morris Lecture reception at SFPL

Teresa LeYung Ryan & EFFIE LEE MORRIS at 2009 Effie Lee Morris Lecture reception at SFPL

WNBA members are invited to post their Effie Lee stories on:    http://wnba-sfchapter.org/blog/beloved-effie-lee-morris-we-are-so-sad/

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