A. Charlotte Morrison had an incredible inner strength that served her well as a loving wife, caring mother, devoted sister and kind friend. During her final days on earth, she took great comfort in the knowledge that she would soon be breaking her earthly bonds and would find comfort in the arms of her Lord and Savior. In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, she passed away quietly in the company of her loving family and friends.
Charlotte was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in Livingston. She was the eldest of eight children brought into this world by her parents, Charles and Alice Storer, who lived and farmed in the Stillwater Valley. One of Mom's favorite stories from childhood involved one 4th of July when her parents packed up all the kids and headed to Joliet for the holiday. What made this particular trip so memorable was some of the kids were suffering from the measles so the entire family had to observe the day's festivities from a hillside overlooking town. It was this attitude that you can make the best of any situation that made our mother such a special person.
Shortly after graduating Columbus High School she moved to Washington, D.C., during World War II and took a job at the Pentagon. On a lark, she traveled with a girlfriend to her hometown in West Virginia. This is when Charlotte met a young sailor at home on leave, and it wasn't too long before Alton R. Morrison became her husband and the one and only true love of her life.
Charlotte and Alton shared over 61 years of marriage together and they raised a family of three sons and one daughter. For many of those years, Charlotte was a fulltime stay-at-home mom who became known among family and friends for her cooking skills. Even in the leanest of times, she always found a way to provide her family with a homemade meal accompanied with a loaf of her legendary fresh baked bread.
Charlotte re-entered the work force later in life while the family was living in Kansas City. With a flair for making magic with any food ingredients, she used her cooking skills professionally, and eventually became the head cook at one of the largest high schools in the area. When the family moved back to Montana in 1973, she worked in the kitchen at Billings Deaconess Hospital (Billings Clinic) until she retired.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alice Storer; sister Lillian Swaim; brothers Chuck Storer, Duane Storer and Willie Storer; and her devoted husband, Alton R. Morrison.
Charlotte leaves behind a daughter, Terry (Steve) Shelton; three sons, Chuck (Peggy) Morrison, Pat (Jane) Morrison, Michael (Joan) Morrison; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Clarice Gabel; and brothers Huck (Wanda) Storer and Doug (Betty) Storer.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Billings Clinic for providing our mother with exceptional care and for taking time to consider the comfort of our family during this difficult time. Additionally, we want to recognize nurses Mari, Anna, Matt and Theresa for their personal level of caring and the compassion they each showed to our mother in her final days.
A memorial service will be held at the Billings Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Billings Clinic Foundation, Hospice or charity of your choice.