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Death leaves Letcher County without only practicing vet

County’s only vet dies at 66
Carol Douglas Combs-Morris, DVM, a veterinarian with a reputation for taking care of family pets, strays and rescues, died during the night early Tuesday. She is pictured here caring for a wounded owl in her Isom office.

Carol Douglas Combs-Morris, DVM, a veterinarian with a reputation for taking care of family pets, strays and rescues, died during the night early Tuesday. She is pictured here caring for a wounded owl in her Isom office.

Carol Douglas Combs-Morris, DVM, a veterinarian with a reputation for taking care of family pets, strays and rescues, died during the night early Tuesday.

Dr. Combs-Morris, 66, of Estill, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, at her residence. She was born December 4, 1955 in Paintsville to the late Marlin and Fay Stapleton Combs. She was the wife of Patrick Duane Morris.

Dr. Combs-Morris, was a graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. The only veterinarian practicing in Letcher County, she ran the Letcher County Outpost Animal Clinic on KY 15 at Isom.

An employee posted from the clinic’s Facebook account Tuesday afternoon, saying it was “with a shattering heart” that they had to announce Combs-Morris had died peacefully in her sleep during the night.

“She has had a lot of heart issues the last few months. They believe it was a heart attack,” the post says. “There is so, so much I want to say but just can’t find the words.” post memories of Combs-Morris.

“Carol has always been an angel to the animals in this county. Always so kind and made me laugh at each visit. Her charm with animals will never be forgotten by me,” one poster wrote.

“We have been on animal rescues together and I have had the pleasure of working with her. She was truly about what was best for an animal,” another wrote.

“This breaks my heart we loved and appreciated her and her services so much. She always treated our animals as if they belong to her. She was so good to them and always very reassuring that they would be ok,” another pet owner posted.

Combs- Morris and her husband were both recently in the hospital and the clinic was closed while they recovered. She was back at work and saw patients on Monday.

Dr. Combs-Morris was from Allen and attended Wayland High School. She formerly practiced at the Beaver Creek Veterinary Hospital at Martin, and still lived in Floyd County at the time of her death.

Nelson Frazier Funeral

Home at Martin has charge of the funeral arrangements. There will be a direct burial at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Turner Cemetery at Eastern in Floyd County.

Employees and other friends plan to have a memorial service for Combs- Morris at a time and date to be announced later.

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