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  • Anna Catherine "Kay" Morrison, 93, former Augusta resident, died on March 7, 2013.
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  • Anna Catherine "Kay" Morrison, 93, former Augusta resident, died on March 7, 2013, at Grand Oaks assisted living facility at Sibley Hospital in the District of Columbia.
    She will be interred at Great Falls Cemetery, Great Falls, Mont., along with her husband Melvin "Socky" Morrison who passed away in June, 2011.
    Born Anna Catherine Green in Kevin, Mont., on Feb. 9, 1920, Mrs. Morrison graduated from Great Falls High School in 1937 and subsequently attended the Kinman Business School, a secretarial school in Spokane, Wash. In high school, she was active in singing, drama, and business clubs and was a member of the National Honor Society.
    Kay's first job was at the White Eagle Oil Company in Cut Bank, Mont. White Eagle at that time was owned by Standard Oil of New York, which subsequently became Socony Vacuum, and then Mobil Oil Corporation. She met her future husband Mel there on a blind date on New Year's Eve, 1940. Mel was a chemical engineer with the White Eagle refinery in Augusta, Kan., but was working in Cut Bank on temporary assignment. Kay and Mel married in Great Falls, Mont., on Sept., 1941, and, after honeymooning in Colorado, began their life together in Augusta. There, the couple had three children, Kent (1944), Sue (1948), and Bart (1951). Also while in Augusta, Kay worked for a time at the Prairie State Bank and, with husband Mel, as an air-raid warden during WWII.
    In 1954, the family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where Mel was the startup engineer at a new refinery (only the second in Australia), a joint venture of Socony Vacuum and Esso. Other Augusta/Mobil families in Melbourne at the time were those of Lyle and Bonnie Carson and Clark and Estelle Hartman, and, while the men played weekend golf, Kay, Bonnie, Estelle, and a fourth (non-Augusta) "Mobil wife" (Carol Parker) were the contract bridge team. The husbands, who liked to take movies of their golf swings and review, analyze, and comment on what the films revealed when the couples got together for post golf and bridge weekend dinners, were surprised at least once when the women secretly substituted a film of their bridge playing and provided a running commentary on their shuffling, dummy arranging, and card cutting "athletic" techniques. The family turned the Australian assignment -- which began with a (propeller driven) plane flight to Melbourne via San Francisco, Honolulu, and Fiji -- into a "round-the-world" adventure by returning to Augusta in 1956 via steamship, traveling through Indonesia, Singapore, current Sri Lanka, and, via the Suez Canal, Port Said, Egypt, all followed by a tour of Europe
    In 1961, the Morrisons moved to Beaumont, Texas, where Mel led the Engineering Department at Mobil's largest refinery and their two younger children graduated from high school. Kay and Mel then returned to live in Melbourne in 1969, followed by London, England, in 1971. In 1974, the couple moved to Stamford, Conn., where they lived until Mr. Morrison, by then a senior international refining official for Mobil, retired in 1979.
    Page 2 of 2 - In retirement the couple lived in Austin, Texas, until a second retirement move in 1993 to Silver Spring, MD, and, in 2010, a final move to an assisted living community in Washington, DC. Both Maryland and Washington, DC, locations were near the family of their eldest son.
    As a child, Anna Catherine was an active member of the Camp Fire Girls, and she kept in touch for many decades with friends made then. As an adult, Kay Morrison excelled at bridge and in later years competed in master tournaments. While in England, she became an expert brass rubbing artist, and in every location she was an accomplished cook and hosted many dinner parties as a traditional housewife/partner supporting her husband in his career. While in Beaumont, Texas, she was a Gray Lady volunteer at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. She made many friends in her travels and corresponded with them as the years progressed. In retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively around the globe.
    Mrs. Morrison is survived by: three children, Kent Morrison and his wife Dale of Bethesda, Md, Sue Field and her husband Don of Coto De Caza, Calif., and Bart Morrison and his wife Marguerite of New York, NY and New Fairfield, Conn.; six grandchildren, Connor and Collin Morrison, Andy and his wife, Traci, and Kimen Field, and William and Catherine Morrison; one great-grandchild, Blake Field.
    In Kay Morrison's memory, donations may be made to Camp Fire USA (www.campfireusa.org), the successor form of the Camp Fire Girls.
     
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