Ardis ‘Honey’ Morris Emanuelson, 95, danced in countless recitals

Ardis 'Honey' Morris Emanuelson
Ardis ‘Honey’ Morris Emanuelson

Ardis “Honey” Morris Emanuelson, 95, passed Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Virginia Beach. Honey was born Oct. 6, 1923, to Cecil and Eva May Morris in Norfolk. She was a graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk.

Honey worked for several years as a secretary for the Norfolk and Western Railroad. During World War II, she helped entertain troops locally as a member of the Virginia Belles, a group of young ladies who danced at many gathering sponsored by the USO.

Honey married Raymond Emanuelson Jr. in February 1949. During their long and happy marriage of almost 62 years, they lived in Norfolk, Falls Church and Roanoke, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to the Tidewater area and residing in Virginia Beach.

Honey’s life was centered on faith and family, raising four children. She was the youngest of the large Morris family and helped plan numerous family reunions. Until her early eighties, Honey danced in countless recitals produced by her sister, Eva May Morris. She loved traveling, dancing, boating with her husband on their hand-built boats, bowling and reading.

In addition to her parents, Honey was preceded in death by her brothers, Cecil Jr., William (Bill), Robert, Samuel, James and Ernest (Buddy); sister, Eva May; eldest daughter, Karen; and an infant grandson, John Luke.

Left to cherish her memory are three children, including daughters, Janet Faulkner and Nancy Hunt of Virginia Beach; son, Father Jon Emanuelson of Leland. Honey will be remembered by eight grandchildren, Jeffrey, David, and Rachel Faulkner, Victoria, Mary, and Elizabeth Emanuelson and Mackenzie and Darby Hunt; great-granddaughter, Eila Faulkner; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1404 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, followed by a committal service at Princess Anne Memorial Park in Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, please visit to make contributions to an Alzheimer’s Cure Fund in Honey’s honor.

Share online condolences with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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