PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014\u00a0Rita Catherine Morris, 102, of Portsmouth died Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Clare Home in Newport. \r\n\r\nRita was born December 20, 1914 in Tiverton, RI, the daughter of the late Antone and Catherine (Fernandes) Jerome. She was the wife of the late Joseph Francis Morris. \r\n\r\nRita worked as a supervisor for many years at the Berkshire Mill in Warren, RI. She later worked for several years at Transcom. Rita was a longtime communicant of St. Anthony's Church, and enjoyed using her hands, both in the garden and creating crochet.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by two sons: Joseph Morris and his wife Joan of Aztec, NM and Andrew M. Morris, of Portsmouth, RI, two sisters; Ruth Bento of Tiverton, RI and Catherine Dennis of Indiana, and her brother Edward Jerome of Tiverton, RI. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren.\r\nShe is preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph, Paul and Frank Jerome and Mary Jerome, \r\n\r\nCalling hours will be Tuesday, April 25 from 1pm-4pm at Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.\r\n\r\nThe funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from Connors Funeral Home at 9:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Anthony's Church, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. Burial will be in Newport Memorial Park, Middletown.\r\n\r\nMemorial donations may be made to The Portsmouth Fire and Rescue Fund 2300 East Main Road Portsmouth, RI 02871.