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Margi Morris creates paintings, donates all her work to residents of My Father's House shelter

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Morris shows off an example of a recent painting she taught other residents at the assisted living facility. Margi Morris, a Gresham artist and Courtyard Fountains resident, was recently honored as the Frontier Management Resident of the Year, a national award.

"Our office was inundated with nominations from across the United States. It was a tough decision. But Margi stood out for her extraordinary contributions at Courtyard Fountains, as well as her volunteer work in the community," said Greg Roderick, president of Frontier Management, the company that owns and operates Courtyard Fountains, a senior living complex at 1545 S.E. 223rd Ave.

"It was very nice, a very nice honor," Morris said. "I was so surprised."

Morris shuns the spotlight. "I just like to help. I don't do anything for an award."

The award recognizes the achievements of a resident for positively influencing the quality of life of other residents, improving the life of people in the surrounding area or improving the quality of the working environment for Frontier's employees or their families.

Morris, who moved to Courtyard Fountains two-and-a-half years ago, took a painting class and learned some basic painting techniques. Morris has developed a passion for painting, and teaching other residents and staff.

Morris paints Mother's Day and Father's Day pictures and donates them to each mom and dad at My Father's House, a community shelter for families.

Morris, who became disabled at age 50, also teaches classes, which are open to the public, on topics such as "Will Computers and Artificial Intelligence Really Overtake the World?" "The Philosophy of Numbers" and "To Infinity and Beyond."

Morris has undergraduate and master's degrees in mathematics.

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