Betty Jane Morrison

October 31, 1921 ‒ January 04, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Betty Jane Morrison, age 97, of Mount Vernon, met her Jesus face-to-face on Friday, January 4, 2019. She was born on October 31, 1921 to Thomas and Sarah Wilson. Her early years Betty lived in Irwin Penn. where her father owned a feed store. During the Depression the family moved to a farm house in Guffey Hollow, Penn. where she attended a two-room school house and later graduated from Herminie High School.

Betty married Percy William Morrison, April 18, 1941. They bought a home in Circleville, Penn. and began raising a family. Eventually they had six children. Betty and Percy were charter members of the Norwin (Circleville) Church of the Nazarene. While raising a family Betty was always very involved in her church where she played the organ and taught a young adult Sunday School class for many years.

They left their home in Pennsylvania in 1967 to follow God’s call to help begin Mount Vernon Nazarene College.  Percy served as the first Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and Betty became the first switchboard operator serving for 16 years. They served faithfully until their retirement but continued to be involved and supportive in years beyond.  Their legacy runs deep with fifteen of their children and grandchildren attending Mt Vernon Nazarene University.

Betty was known as a prayer warrior, a mentor and caring support.  She loved her coffee hot while working her daily crossword puzzles.  Her home was always open to family, friends and those who needed a resting place.  She gave the biggest hugs for such a tiny person.  She loved everyone unconditionally and taught us to love Jesus most of all.

In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Percy Morrison; sister, Dorothy Wilson; brother, Thomas Wilson; sister, Hazel Cook and grandson Scott Morrison.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Kenneth (Carol) Morrison; daughter, Audrey (Donald) Cipul; daughter, Beverley (James) Haney; son, Robert (Annie) Morrison; son, Larry (Linda) Morrison; Sheryl (Steve) Arden; as well as 12 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren and a host of friends who have been like family to her.

The family is grateful to the caregivers who faithfully loved and nurtured in her final days.

Calling hours will be on Friday, January 11, 3 – 6 pm and Saturday, January 12, 10-11 am with a celebration service at 11 am at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene 16001 Glen Rd, Mt Vernon, OH. Pastor Scott Sharpes will be officiating.

Interment will be in Pennsylvania at 12 noon on Monday, January 14 at Mount Vernon Cemetery, 2300 Greenock Buena Vista Rd. McKeesport, PA 15135-3139. (For directions go to

Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made for student scholarships, specifically “The Percy Morrison Endowment Fund” at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • I met Mrs. Morrison soon after arriving on campus as a freshman in 1971. I became one of the first, if not the first, male student to work the switchboard over which Mrs. Morrison had jurisdiction. It sat on the desk in Pioneer Hall lobby. It was an electric, push-button affair; no cords. Five lines came into and went out of the campus. It was possible to have a busy signal. I visited with Morrisons in their home a few times. In later years as I occasionally played piano and led singing on some Wednesday evenings at Lakeholm Church, Mrs. Morrison was often in attendance enjoying singing the old hymns of the church. I remember the look of Nazarene glory on her face as she sang to Jesus.

  • Mrs. Morrison became not only my supervisor when I worked the campus switchboard in 1971 – 1973, but she was a friend to me. A precious, loving, caring lady whom I appreciated so much. What a blessing to have known her. Heaven is richer today.

  • Betty was a wonderful Godly neighbor to our family on Adamson St in Mount Vernon for 15 years! We loved visiting her, helping her get the trash to the curb on snowy days and sitting around the kitchen table. If we were lucky we’d hear her playing the piano on a warm day when the front door was ajar. Betty prayed for our kids and always greeted people with a big smile! Praying for all the Morrison’s and also very grateful for her and Percy’s investment in MVNC. Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

  • Sending love and prayers for all of Betty’s family. What a wonderful lady she was, and what a wonderful family she leaves to cherish her memory. May God bless all of you.

  • I remember Betty as a wonderful greeter at Lakeholm Church. I’m not sure she served officially in that role but she was certainly a warm greeter wherever you met her in the building! I loved attending a Bible Study with her. What a great listener and encourager. You couldn’t help but feel well loved in her presence! She made our world a beautiful place! So glad God gifted us with her for 97 years.

  • Sending our love and condolence to the entire family. What a wonderful heritage all of you have. The end of a generation. The torch has now been passed on to the next generation. Continue to be faithful and some day each of you will meet her face to face again. Great is thy faithfulness.

  • The home going for another of God’s saints! I have been blessed to have worked, played, and prayed with the Morrison family from the beginning days of MVNC/U. When Nota was head resident in Pioneer Hall, she and Betty often had coffee hour together, and we have shared many times of fellowship in both work and personal settings. What a wonderful lady, what a wonderful family! The lives of all who knew Betty and Percy have been greatly enriched. My prayers are with the family. Charles McCall

  • Mount Vernon Nazarene College/University is a very special part of the formation of Elaine and I. It is not only a pioneer spirit, but the WONDERFUL people who cared so deeply for the school and its students. The Morrison’s and all of the other initial family made it what it is today. No wonder all of the Morrison family are such great people…Percy and Mrs. Morrison were truly special! We are praying for you in this time of loss. We are thankful for you and love you!!!
    Yours in Christ- Elaine & Bob Mahaffey

  • I became acquainted with Betty when I worked at Hospice of Knox County. I have fond memories of conversations with her and savored the wellspring of wisdom she graciously shared. Blessings to your family as you adapt to the loss of her physical presence. Her legacy runs deep and wide; you will see remnants of her rich life for generations to come.

    Rachel Blevins

  • To the Morrison Family,

    I want to convey my condolences to the entire Morrison Family for the loss of Betty. She was one of the Godliest women whom I have ever met in my life! Getting to know her and spend some time with her was one of the highlights of my ten years in Mount Vernon. Please know that I will be praying for all of you!

    God Bless,

    Margaret Britt
    Lakeland, Florida

  • It was my honor to have Betty as a client for 35 years. She was my most loyal client, seldom missing her appointment. She was a pleasure to talk with and I felt like one of her children. I’m sure Jesus welcomed her to heaven. My thoughts are with her family.

  • Betty Morrison…The mention of her name brings back memories of her love for Jesus, her family and friends, her smile, and welcoming embrace.

    Fifty years ago she was our Sunday School teacher. First Church was scheduled to have a revival. She planned a cottage prayer meeting. That was the night the Lord led Betty to play cupid. I had a ride to the prayer meeting. But needed one to go home. She turned to the quiet young man there and asked “Wes, why don’t you take her?” When eyes turned towards me for my response I simply said what I felt, “Doesn’t make any difference to me.” Oh, but it did! We began dating shorty after that night. Betty sang sweetly, as she did, at our wedding. On December 22 last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary. Among many whose life she touched, my family and I have been blessed by precious Betty Morrison.

  • How we will miss her smile and hugs when we visit Mt. Vernon! Betty was a wonderful friend to my mother, Christine Nease; Mom cherished those times and often referenced them long after they moved away from MVNC. Percy and Betty were beautiful examples of Christ’s love to those around them. May memories comfort family through the hope that we hold onto in Christ Jesus.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you . May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.