MOUNT VERNON — Betty Jane Morrison, 97, of Mount Vernon, met her Jesus face-to-face Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

She was born Oct. 31, 1921, to Thomas and Sarah Wilson. In her early years Betty lived in Irwin, Pennsylvania, where her father owned a feed store. During the Depression the family moved to a farm house in Guffey Hollow, Pennsylvania, where she attended a two-room school house and later graduated from Herminie High School.

Betty married Percy William Morrison on April 18, 1941. They bought a home in Circleville, Pennsylvania, 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 15 of their children and grandchildren attending MVNU.

Betty was known as a prayer warrior, a mentor and for her 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; 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 four 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, Jan. 11, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, 10-11 a.m. with a celebration service at 11 a.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon. Pastor Scott Sharpes will be officiating.

Interment will be in Pennsylvania at noon Monday, Jan. 14, at Mount Vernon Cemetery, 2300 Greenock Buena Vista Road, McKeesport, PA. (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 Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Betty Jane Morrison.


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