Michelle Lea Morrison

‒ July 25, 2020

Columbus, Ohio

Michelle Lea Morrison, 48, of Columbus, passed away after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, July 25, 2020 surrounded by family, colleagues and friends at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville. She was born August 14, 1971 in Delaware, Ohio to Jerry and Theda (Osborne) Morrison, both survive.

Other survivors include one Brother Scott (Carolyn) Morrison of Sunbury; a very special Niece, Kaitlyn; special Uncle and Aunt Dave and Christie (Osborne)Peery; Aunt Sonia Osborne; and many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; one Aunt, Fonnie Zuckerman; and three Uncles, Hank Zuckerman and Johnny and Randy Osborne.

Michelle is a 1989 graduate of Hayes High School. She went on to graduate in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Ohio Northern University. She served as the HR Manager at Westerville Public Library in the early years of her career. After receiving her RN certification from Columbus State College, she served as a registered nurse for Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida. She later returned to Ohio to continue her education and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Ohio University. She continued her nursing career as an ER nurse at Mt. Carmel’s St. Ann’s Hospital. She had the reputation of wanting to provide the best care for each of her patients, with a warm smile and a dedicated heart. She then carried on to be a surgical nurse at Mt. Carmel New Albany surgical hospital. Even with being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer she continued to provide remarkable care for her patients with a smile. In the early 2017, she started the process of opening her own hospice care company, named Life Path Community Hospice, which shows just how far her caring heart reached. Outside of work her hobbies included having social lunches with her friends and traveling the world.

The family of Michelle would like to thank the following people: Dr. Mikhail of the Zangmeister Cancer Center for his kindness and excellent care over the past year; Nurse Allie for her friendship and considerate care during her chemo treatments; and the hospice nurses, especially Grecie and Mandy. And to all friends and family who shared love and memories of Michelle, “we cherish those kinds words and thoughtfulness”.

Friends and family may call 2:00-4:00 pm, Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware 43015. Graveside service, Monday at 11am, at Oak Grove Cemetery, also in Delaware, please enter through the front gate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215 or to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

  • Michelle hired me at the Westerville library as a page. She always had a vested interest in my career, and helped me pursue more. She encouraged me, and helped push me to be more and pursue more. I’m still at the library today! I’ll always be appreciate of her support so early on my in my career. I’ll always remember her contagious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Theda. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your daughter. It sounds like she was an extraordinary young lady. Prayers for you and all the family to be comforted by our Heavenly Father.

  • Rest In Peace Michelle. I enjoyed working with you and getting to know you. You were always making me laugh and had an infectious smile. You were an excellent nurse and truly an angel! May your family and friends find peace and comfort during this difficult time. ❤️🙏

  • My good friend. I will miss you. Our talks everyday about sometimes just nothing. You always offered the best advice……”find one thing from today to be thankful for. It will change your life”. I’m thankful for our friendship, Michelle.
    You always told me, you had to be good because you needed “Jesus “ points. Evidently you earned enough as God thought you were perfect enough to take you to heaven. Rest easy my friend until we meet again.

  • Dear Jerry and Theda,
    Our hearts go out to both of you and the families. What an incredible life Michelle led! Our prayers are that you will feel the peace and comfort of Jesus in the days and weeks to come.
    Our Best Love,
    Beth & Archie Trigg

  • Theda, I have been praying for you and your family. She sounds like an amazing and giving lady. What a testimony. May God comfort you all and give you peace.

  • Theda I will be praying for your family. I know how much you loved your daughter. I can’ imagine out living any of my children.

  • I am so sorry to hear about this. I worked with Michelle at Suncoast Hospice in Florida. She was awesome and amazing. What a great nurse she was.! She will be greatly missed and totally appreiated. I loved getting report from her, she was so meticulous. She was fuuny and great! Loved her smile…every day. I remember the struggles she went through to start her own hospice in Ohio.

    Michelle, you will be greatly missed. Loved your caring and compassionate heart… your hospice heart. I will miss your laughter and smile that greeted me every morning.

    You my friend are one of the best…. Rest well until we meet again.

  • I was blessed to meet Michelle in nursing school and remain friends long after. She was truly a beautiful person, inside and out. I will forever cherish our friendship and will miss our monthly “self-care” dates. Many thoughts and prayers to her family. Until we meet again my friend.

  • Michelle was one of the best ED nurses I have ever worked with. She was as smart as she was kind. She treated each and every patient with exceptional care. We saw eye to eye on several occasions. When I saw a patient who would benefit from comfort care, it was always a blessing to have Michelle on the team. I would like her family and friends to know what a role model she was both for other nurses and even us physicians during her time in the ED at St. Ann’s. Thanks for being you Michelle. You are loved and will be deeply missed.
    Megan Kirch, MD

  • Michelle touched everyone that she met in a special way. She was an amazing nurse and friend. She will be missed.

  • I wouldn’t be where I am at the Westerville library (Outreach Services Manager), if it wasn’t for Michelle. When one of our levies failed, I needed full-time work at the time and none was available so I had to take a job elsewhere. During my exit interview, I was so upset about leaving that she told me I was going to make her cry, too! And that I would always be welcomed back. A few months later a new levy passed and I approached Michelle about coming back full-time, either in Customer Services or in Outreach. She welcomed me back into the Outreach department and the rest is history. I will also always be forever grateful for her kindness and understanding when I myself was diagnosed with cancer. She did everything she could to make it as easy as possible to get through that difficult time. I was so saddened when I heard of her diagnosis and have kept her in my prayers until the Lord called her home last Saturday. Thanks, Michelle!

  • Theda and Jerry,
    Please know how very sorry we are to hear of Michelle’s passing. We are holding you in our hearts and praying that you feel God’s arms around you, giving you comfort. We send you our love – and truly wish we could give you a hug!
    Blessings,
    Bonnie and Archie

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