Isabel Johnson Morrison,
94, a descendant of Danville’s founder, departed this life peacefully on
Saturday morning, March 10, 2018, at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and
Rehabilitation in Danville, the daughter of the late Edward Francis and Emma
Polk Johnson, she was born April 1, 1923 at the Geisinger Memorial Hospital.
She always delighted in saying she was an “April Fool!”
husband, Samuel S. Morrison, preceded her in death in 2014.
She is survived by her
four daughters, and spouses, Ann Holmes and husband, Tod; Isabel Morrison
and husband, Taylor Runner; Elizabeth Richie; and Joan Dailey, and husband,
Ralph. Her surviving grandchildren and spouses are Chad Holmes and wife,
Pamela; Jay Holmes and wife, Celeste; Emma and Samuel Runner; Isaiah Richie
and wife, KayCee; Ryan Dailey; Erin Dailey Carswell and husband, Will; and
Dylan Dailey. Her five great grandchildren are Anna and Carter Holmes;
Pearl Holmes; and Elijah and Evelyn Richie.
She was also preceded in
death by a brother, Edward F. Johnson III; a son-in-law, Larry Richie, and a
grandchild, Elijah Richie.
Isabel was a lifetime
resident of Riverside and attended Riverside School; then attended one grade
at the Villa Sacred Heart Grammar School and two more grades at St. Cyril
Academy. She then attended Westtown School, a Friends (Quaker) boarding
school outside of Philadelphia and graduated with the Class of 1940.
In her 50th reunion
Westtown book, Isabel wrote of her life. “After preparing for the business
world at Katherine Gibbs, Boston, I married John Burke, a Marine
Lieutenant. I saw him off to the South Pacifc from CA and returned home to
Danville, PA. My accounting skills were tested at the local electric company
for a few months. The devastating news of his death on Iwo Jima arrived at
Returning to Boston, she
worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital. That was where she was
introduced to a young medical student, Sam Morrison, who was going to be
doing his internship at the Geisinger in Danville. Unsure of her future,
overcome by summer heat, and experiencing love at first sight, she returned
to Danville and found a job at the Geisinger. The two lovebirds were married
at Grove Presbyterian Church in November of 1948.
In 1949 they departed
for Sapporo, Japan, as Sam was called to duty as an Army Surgeon and he soon
went on to serve in the Korean War. Isabel remained in Japan until the
birth of her first daughter, Ann. She then returned to Danville. After
Sam’s return, they moved to Rochester MN where Sam did an internship at the
Mayo Clinic and Isabel delivered two more babies, daughters, Isabel and
Elizabeth. From Minnesota, they moved on for two years in Washington DC
where Sam practiced Pediatrics at the Washington Clinic. In 1956, they
returned to their beloved Danville where Sam began his career at Geisinger.
In 1960, Isabel delivered her fourth daughter, Joan.
Isabel was a devoted
wife, mother, “granny” and daughter. She was also a fond friend to many of
the good folk of Danville. She was an active lifetime member of the Grove
Presbyterian Church and volunteered at the Riverside Elementary School. She
was a member of the Geisinger Auxiliary and the Montour County Historical
Society and DAR. Music was one of Isabel’s great delights and Rogers
and Hammerstein, opera and such were like a filmscore playing in the back
ground at the Morrison household. She always claimed that she could not
sing, but she could.
Her family remembers her
lovingly for her subtle sense of humor, kind nature, and sweetly supportive
easy-going spirit. We are enormously appreciative of her love and steadfast
Relatives and friends
are invited to a memorial service celebrating Isabel’s life to be held
Saturday, March 31 at 11 AM at the Grove Presbyterian Church, 330 Bloom St.
Danville PA 17821 with the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Andrews, Pastor Emeritus,
offciating. Friends will be received from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM in the Great
Room at the church. The burial will be private and will be at the
convenience of the family. Donations in Isabel’s memory may be made to The
Grove Presbyterian Church at the above address or the Montour County
Historical Society, PO Box 8, Danville PA 17821
Arrangements are under
the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street
Danville PA. www.visneski.com