Mount Vernon News
  • Anna Lee Morrison

  • July 15, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. — Anna Lee Morrison was born in Utica, Ohio, on July 21, 1928, the middle child and second daughter of Harry and Mary Blackstone, of Blackstone Farm, where Mrs. Blackstone’s family, the Stinsons, had farmed for several generations.

She was married at that farmhouse in September 1950, in a ceremony still remembered to this day by the pastor of Utica Presbyterian Church, Roger Nafzger, then the pastor of Utica Presbyterian Church:

“I don’t know why, out of the hundreds of weddings at which I’ve officiated, [this one] is so memorable — not memorable because of the uniqueness of the ceremony, but because of the people involved, the fact that it survived all those years and produced children who have made a difference in their worlds. It took place in a home where people carried on their daily lives, and not just a place where there was worship on Sunday morning. I remember your mother, descending the stairs, looking like the descriptions of the ‘glowing’ bride that they write about in books. I remember your dad as strong and manly but not ashamed to show his feelings. And both of them very much in love. It was simplicity unadorned.’’

In Utica, she was church secretary and a Sunday school teacher; she also served on the board of the Girl Scouts Council of Licking County. Her husband, S. Eugene Morrison — Gene — was a journeyman lineman for the Licking Rural Electrification Association in Utica, and was active in Civil Defense.

Mrs. Morrison’s grandfather, Thomas S. Blackstone, was the president of Utica Glass Co. On the side of her grandmother, born Effie Webster, she was related to the founders of Utica Floral.

In the summer of 1963, the Morrisons moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Mr. Morrison resumed his career as a lineman, this time for Tucson Electric Power. In 1970, Mrs. Morrison began working as an employee of the Diocese of Tucson Catholic Cemeteries. For many of her 30-plus years there, she served as executive secretary to the administrator.

Mrs. Morrison served on the board of directors of the Tucson Electric Power Federal Credit Union (now the Pima Federal Credit Union). She belonged to the T.E.P’s bowling league for several years and, with her husband, was involved in the formative years of Tucson’s Bobby Sox Softball league.

She loved to read, favoring history, archaeology and biographies. She was an ardent and loyal fan of her children’s softball and volleyball teams and of the University of Arizona’s basketball team. She also followed professional football.

She is survived by her grieving family: daughters, Patt Morrison (James Blair) of Los Angeles, Maureen (David) Rambo of Marana and son, Chris (Karie Meyers), of Tucson; sister, Mary Jo Duffy of Tucson; and brother, Tom Blackstone of Centennial, Colo.; four stepgrandchildren; many nieces and a nephew; and a number of grand-doggies. Also surviving is “daughter #3,” Tamara Lee Young of Flagstaff.

A memorial service was held July 8 at Evergreen Mortuary in Tucson, Ariz.

Her husband died in 1995 of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Mrs. Morrison asked that in lieu of flowers, friends remember the couple with contributions to the ALS Association.

Friends are invited to leave their memories in an online memory book:

Submitted by Patt Morrison.

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