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Bismarck - Mary Lou Morrison, 87, well known Bismarck resident, and owner along with her late husband John, of the former Morrison Funeral Home, passed at 6:40 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at North Logan Healthcare in Danville. Mary Lou was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Danville to Frank C. and Ruth Hiatt Leverenz. She married John Morrison Jr. Oct. 9, 1948, in Danville; John passed away March 16, 2007. Mary was the proud matriarch of two daughters, Sandra Lou (Larry) Kizer of Danville, and Murna Kay (Terry) Moss of Alvin; four grandchildren, Kristopher (Brandye) Kizer, Kari (Nicholas) Smith, Eric (Christy) Moss, and Emily (W. Chris) Tubman; six great-grandchildren , Tristen, Krislynn, Kaylynn, Anouk, Amelie, and Norah; one sister-in-law, Shirley Morfey, and Shirley's sons, Bruce, Brian, Bill, Mark; and her very dear friend, Shirley Crow. Mary was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Robert Morfey; and one sister-in-law, Barbara Jean Morrison.
Mary was a graduate of Danville High School. She was employed as an Illinois Bell Telephone operator, as well as working in the office of Miles Young, and for the Commercial-News. John and Mary opened Morrison Funeral Home in Bismarck on Aug. 1, 1960. The couple served the surrounding communities until their retirement on Aug. 1, 2005. Mary Lou and John became deeply involved over the years with the many families that looked to them in their hour of need. Many long lasting friendships and memories were created through the service and dedication of Morrison Funeral Home. Mary Lou and John were both EMT's and provided ambulance through the funeral home until 1983. They helped establish a community volunteer ambulance service to meet the growing demands of the area. Mary was also an Avon Consultant for 30 years in the Bismarck area. She was member of the Bismarck First Church of Christ, where she served as church organist. In later years she attended Northside Church of Christ in Bismarck. She especially enjoyed attending gospel sings in the area with her friends. Mary assisted with Bismarck Lions Club events, and Ambulance & Fire Department events, as well. Mary was a Red Vest volunteer at Presence Hospital in Danville, and served more than 3,500 hours at the hospital. She greatly enjoyed her family and the activities that they were all involved in. And their visits brought her great joy. The Morrison family would like to thank Dr. B. Malhotra, Dr. B. Sodhi and their staffs, also the staff at North Logan Healthcare, and Transitions Hospice for the compassionate and professional care they provided. They also want to thank, Mike Robison and staff of Robison Chapel for assisting them fulfilling Mary Lou's final wishes.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Church of Christ in Bismarck with Rev. Jim Russell, Rev. Travis Anderson and Rev. Jim Boudouris officiating. Burial alongside John in the Gundy Cemetery at Bismarck. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. on Monday at the First Church of Christ in Bismarck. Memorials to the Bismarck Community Ambulance Service or Fire Department. The Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling service details. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
Published on November 12, 2016
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