MORRISON, Flora 1867-1939
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Date: 11/11/2016 at 13:44:05
Mrs. G. W. Morrison Dead; Was Victim Of Pneumonia
Mrs. G. W. Morrison died at her home in Grundy Center at 10:30 Tuesday evening. She was sick ten days with pneumonia. She had a slight cold before she contracted pneumonia. Her condition was considered very critical for a week and life was prolonged several days by the use of oxygen. Mrs. Morrison made a valiant struggle to fight off the disease, but she was unable to do so.
Her death removed one of the best known women in the community. She resided in the same block in Grundy Center for 53 years and she kept in close touch with her neighbors in whom she took a friendly interest during her long residence there. There were few who knew as many people in her town and vicinity as she.
Lived in County 70 Years
Had she lived until next September, Mrs. Morrison would have been 72 years old. She was a native of Illinois. Her maiden name was Flora M. Graves. She came to Grundy county with her family when she was two years old. The family located on a farm in Clay township where Mrs. Morrison grew to womanhood. She was married to George W. Morrison about 53 years ago. The couple began housekeeping in Grundy Center immediately after their marriage and made their home here continually. Mr. Morrison died in 1931.
Mr. and Mrs. Morrison had five children. One of them, a son, died in infancy. The only daughter, Arvilla Brasted, died shortly after giving birth to a daughter, who was named for her mother. That was 19 years ago. Mrs. Morrison took her daughter's place and raised and loved the granddaughter as her own. The surviving sons are Wayne of Grundy Center, Orange from Excelsior Springs, and Glenn from Waterloo. There are three sisters living, Mrs. W. H. Miner from Estherville, Mrs. Pearl Derryberry, and Mrs. Nora Sperry, both from Jackson, Tenn. There is one surviving brother, William J. Graves from Winnebago, Neb.
Funeral Service Friday
Funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 1:30. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. B. Bird, pastor of the Methodist church, and Rev. David Alexander, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial will be by the side of the husband and daughter in the Grundy Center cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 23 February 1939, pg 1
Funeral Services For Mrs. Morrison Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. G. W. Morrison were held at the home Friday afternoon and they were attended by relatives and many old friends. Services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Bird, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. David Alexander, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial was by the side of the husband in the family lot in the Grundy cemetery. Mrs. N. W. Reynolds sang "Rock of Ages" and "The Old Rugged Cross." She was accompanied by Mrs. A. G. Briggs.
Pallbearers were James Clapp, Marion; Ray Clapp, Cedar Rapids; Floyd DeSeelhorst, Charles Baldwin, Paul Yeager and Ray Morrison.
Relatives and friends from a distance attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Miner, Estherville; Mr. and Mrs. James Clapp, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clapp, Mrs. Ada Gleason, Phillip Leibsohn, all of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Fred Taft and son, Cresco; Mrs. Jack Duffy, Boone; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hawse, Des Moines; Fannie Koobs, Waterloo.
(In tribute, written by a friend)
Sadness was clouded over Grundy Center and vicinity Wednesday morning when it became known that the life of Mrs. George. W. Morrison had come to an end.
Miss Flora W. Graves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Graves, was born September 15, 1867, in Carroll county, Ill., and passed away Feb. 21, 1939, after a brief illness from pneumonia.
She was married to George W. Morrison of Grundy Center in the fall of 1886 and she had resided in the same house ever since.
She is survived by three sons, Wayne G., Orange J., Glen G., and a granddaughter, Arvilla M. Brasted, whom she had been a mother to since the day of Arvilla's birth; three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Miner, Estherville, Iowa; Mrs. Pearl Derryberry and Mrs. Aliph Elnora Sperry, both of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Wm. J. Graves, Winnebago, Neb. and several nieces and nephews.
George W. Morrison, her husband, Arvilla Morrison Brasted, a daughter, and a son, Frankie, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Morrison spent the greater part of her life in Grundy county, where her friendship became broad and enduring. Her sympathies were ever for those who were unfortunate. She found a lasting pleasure in working for others. She was a kind dear mother. Her thoughts were always for the comfort of dear ones.
She will be sincerely missed by her loved ones and a host of friends, who will remember her through memory's tears as patient, cheerful, and often in prayer. A character lovely that has gone to share the joys of eternity.
She was a member of First Baptist church, charter member of D.A.R., a member of O.E.S. She formerly belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the King's Daughters, and White Shrine.
"I cannot say, and I will not say that she is dead. She is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, she has wandered into another land. And left us dreaming how fair it needs must be, since she lingers there.
"And you, O you, who the wildest yearn for the old-time step and the glad return, think of her faring on as dear in the love of There as the love of Here.
"Think of her still as the same. I say, She is not dead. She is just away."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 March 1939, pg 7
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