Novelist Lynn Morris, daughter of Gilbert Morris, has died
Beloved novelist, Lynn Morris, daughter of Gilbert Morris, passed away January 28th from complications of pneumonia. Lynn was the author or coauthor of more than 20 works of historical fiction. Her publishers included Bethany, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, FaithWords, Harlequin, and Hendrickson. She is perhaps best known for her bestselling eight-book series, Cheney Duvall, M.D. Greg Johnson, president of WordServe Literary and her agent for the last 20 years said, “She was perhaps the best researching novelist I’ve worked with. She was meticulous in setting, dialogue and the little details that make books page-turners. Along with that, she was committed to craft and telling believable stories. All of this, and a devoted mother and friend.”
I am truly saddened to learn of Ms. Morris’s death. I got started with her father’s series, The Winslows mainly because I am a direct descendant of Gilbert Winslow’s brother Kenelm Winslow. Since then I have read everything he has written and recently got hooked on the Dr. Cheney Duvall books. Naturally I wanted more. I wanted to thank both Lynn and her father for the beautiful books they had written and discovered they were both deceased. Thankfully I know where they are and hope to meet them in Heaven someday. Their books spoke to me, encouraged me, and enlightened me. As I said, the Winslow names caught my eye but having family in Arkansas also intrigued me. I always wondered if Mr. Morris was related to his Gilbert Winslow character but I suppose I will never know now. Thanks and God Bless their works.
I found out about their passing in much of the same way you have.
Mr. Gilbert Morris “was” related directly to Gilbert Winslow, and had listed that in an online biography. Which was why he began writing about his connections to the Winslow family, and as he went through his ancestry he wrote fictional stories about what was happening historically during their life span. (Genius)
He was a College History Professor, and had also been a Pastor prior to teaching.
He wrote historical fiction with his children, until the death of Andy his only son, and also lost his wife Johnnie.
He then continued life with his two daughters. He and Lynn Morris co-wrote more than 20 books together.
Mr. Morris passed away in 2016, and Lynn passed away in 2017 from complications due to pneumonia.
Losing loved ones is a very stressful event in ones life. May God be with his surviving daughter, grandchildren and extended families, friends and fans.
Yes, we will see them at Our Father’s banquet in heaven, along with our own loved ones and Christ Jesus our Savior.
ps. I’ve read all of the Winslow Series, and a few of his children’s books, and part of the Cheney Duval Series. I loved each and every book, and would venture to say Mr. Gilbert Morris is my favorite author. The only exception, all 66 books of Go’s Holy Word.
I’m a friend of the family. I believe Gilbert told us one day in our group critique session that the name similarity was a coincidence. He was so prolific a writer that it would take an eager reader to read all of his books in a lifetime.
Greetings! It is a long time since we shared fellowship with the Morris’. They came to Hastings, East Sussex, England and popped into The Tabernacle for a service. This led to a lovely friendship. Gilbert was able to minister on one occasion and my husband and I went to the little cottage they had rented to share home-made burgers which Johnnie had lovingly made. Gilbert was then writing alone and made sure that he sent us a copy of each of the subsequent books, even dedicating one of them to our son, Stephen. Some time later they revisited bringing with them Lynn and Dixie, who was then around 18/24 months old. They were a delightful family and very proud of being able to live in Baton Rouge. We still have two chalk drawings of flowers with a scripture text which Lynn did for us.
Unfortunately, time passed and we lost touch but recently purchased three of his Winslow series in a secondhand bookshop and so the contact continues.
We only read of his passing through this site and were sorrowed to read that Johnnie and Lynn (and Alan who we did not have the pleasure of meeting) had now gone into the presence of their Lord and Saviour. We certainly praise the Lord for them and trust that the family continue in their footsteps.
Much love in Jesus
Eddy and Judy Weir
I just learned of Mrs Morris’ passing. This truly saddens me and sympathy to her family.