Bernice Claire Morrison
January 2, 2007
Aspen, CO ColoradoBernice Morrison passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2006, after a long illness.Bernie was born in Aspen to Grace Marie Prindle Vagneur and Ben Vagneur. She was raised at the Ben Vagneur ranch with her brother Cliff and her sisters, Eileen and Lucy. They rode horses every day to school at the Woody Creek schoolhouse and spent their afternoons helping Prue Bogue at the post office. Bernie attended boarding school in Aspen for her high school years. She met George Morrison in 1944, and upon his return from service in 1946, they embarked on a courtship including ski nights in the original “Aspen Boat Lift” and dances at the Owl Creek School and Armory Hall.They married in 1947 at the Community Parsonage in Aspen. Bernie worked for the Morning Reminder, while George worked for International Harvester Agency. George and Bernie acquired the Phillips gas station in Basalt in 1950. They lived and worked there until 1954, when they started Porto-Mix Concrete Co. A move back to Glenwood Springs in 1957 landed them in their first of two Park Drive houses, where they reared and raised their kids.Bernie was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Glenwood Ladies Golf Club. She was also a facilitator for many family road trips, including packing up the station wagon and boat four times a year to go to Lake Powell and San Carlos, Mexico.She is survived by husband, George; daughters, Grace (Kurt) Love, Carol Morrison, Diane (David) McMahan, and son Brett Morrison. Grandchildren include Nyssa, Veronica and Alexis Love; Myles, Tavis and Kristina McMahan; and Olin Morrison.There will be a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3. A reception in the basement of the church will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.