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LAVERNE MORRISON LaVerne C. Morrison passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at 83. Kind and caring, she was a self-taught woman of impeccable taste with a big smile, an easy laugh and a keen interest in people and politics. Although born July 22, 1929, in Pontiac, Mich., where her parents had gone seeking a better life, she was raised in Fort Smith, Ark., the eldest of four children. After graduating high school, she worked as a legal secretary in Fort Smith before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1954, where she worked for the Navy Bureau of Personnel. She met her future husband, James A. Morrison Jr., at the International Officers Service Club and they married six months later, Sept. 3, 1955. They began their married life in Arlington, Va., and his career as a Boeing engineer took the couple to Cape Canaveral in Cocoa, Fla., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., New Orleans, and Bellevue, Wash. In 1966, they settled in Bellevue, where LaVerne worked for the Bellevue Community College as a division secretary. She retired in 1989 and in 1998, she and Jim moved to Las Vegas to be near their only child, Jane Ann Morrison, a columnist at the Review-Journal. In Las Vegas, they became involved in Republican politics, joining the Spring Mountain Republican Women's Club and Nevada Republican Men's Club. They attended the First Church of Christ, Scientist. LaVerne's interests were wide-ranging. She enjoyed taking classes, including French, yoga and exercise classes. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed ballroom dancing, decorating, fashion, reading and movies. She also enjoyed planning family vacations, including cruises which took them all over the world, exploring Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. For their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005, she and Jim took a three-month cruise around the world. For the final 15 years of her life, she suffered from painful rheumatoid arthritis. The family thanks the wonderful caregivers at the Las Ventanas Skilled Nursing Facility and those at the Nathan Adelson Hospice. LaVerne loved her husband of more than 57 years, her daughter and the various kitties who were part of the Morrison household during their marriage, including Teddy, Miss Kitty, Burma Bear, Chicory, Nicholas, Buttinsky, Little Sister, Rusty and Meddi. She is also survived by her brother, Phillip Potts of Texarkana, Texas. There will be a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. Burial will be private at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.


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