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ELSIE MORRISON (published on January 17, 2009)



ELSIE MORRISON (nee CHORNEY) After a long battle, we are saddened by the loss of our mother and Gramma. Elsie, wife of the late John Scotty Morrison, passed away on Tuesday January 13, 2009 at Riverview Health Centre, where she remained strong until the end. She leaves to mourn, her daughter Jackie Williams, and three grandsons Jason (Rhena), Derek (Vicky) and Kevin. She is also survived by numerous extended family members across Manitoba and Ontario, as well as her former son-in-law Wayne Williams. Elsie grew up in Elmwood, and was predeceased by her parents, Stephen and Mary; baby brother Leonard and older sister Florence. She lived her entire life in Winnipeg, except for a short period when she moved to Sioux Lookout, Ontario with her husband. She always spoke fondly of her time in Sioux Lookout; swimming with her daughter Jackie around the dock. This is where she developed a love for living near water, which continued when she returned to Manitoba and purchased waterfront property at Lakeshore Heights. She always said that she was happiest at the cottage. Everybody admired her beautiful flower gardens, and her grandsons loved spending part of every summer holiday at the lake with Gramma. Elsie was a very strong-willed independent woman, who ran two households without ever asking for help. Yet she was always willing to offer assistance to anybody in need. We are very proud of how she maintained her independence until the last weeks of her life. We are also proud that in the end she was finally comfortable admitting when help was needed. Anybody who knew Elsie also knew that she was incredibly generous. She would do anything for the people she loved, and she could be very determined in her generosity. There was no arguing with her if she decided to pay for dinner. If you went shopping with Elsie, and saw something you liked, she would insist on buying it for you. It didn't matter if it was a sweater or a cute puppy. Our family learned to be very careful when mentioning something that they wanted. Nobody ever went hungry at Elsie's house; she always made too much food. Her chicken-noodle soup was legendary and will never be duplicated by anyone. She would make enough pancakes to feed a dozen people, even though our family is so small. She even made special meals for the dogs. Gramma, we know that you are finally resting peacefully. We know that you are surrounded by old friends and family, and that all your earthly conflicts and disputes are forgotten. We know that you are young and beautiful again, and we know that you are watching over us. The family would like to thank the Dr. R. McClure, and the entire staff at Riverview for making her last days as comfortable as possible, and for their compassion. At Elsie's request, cremation has taken place, and a private service will be held for the family. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery # 1 Green Acres Lane, (204) 222-3241 Life stories may be shared with friends and family across the globe at www.mem.com


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