Anna Catherine "Kay" Morrison

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Anna Catherine Kay Morrison, 93, a former Beaumont resident, died on March 7, 2013, at Grand Oaks assisted living facility in the District of Columbia. She will be interred at Great Falls Cemetery, Great Falls, Montana. along with her husband Melvin Socky Morrison who passed away in June, 2011. Born Anna Catherine Green in Kevin, Montana, on February 9, 1920, Mrs. Morrison graduated from Great Falls High School in 1937 and subsequently attended the Kinman Business School, in Spokane, Washington. 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, Montana. White Eagle at that time was owned by Standard Oil of New York, which subsequently became Mobil Oil Corporation. She met her future husband, Mel, there on New Year's Eve, 1940. Mel was a chemical engineer with the White Eagle refinery in Augusta, Kansas, but was working in Cut Bank on assignment. Kay and Mel married in Great Falls, Montana, on September 4, 1941, and, after honeymooning in Colorado, began their life together in Kansas. There, the couple had three children, Kent (1944), Sue (1948), and Bart (1951). 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. The family turned the Australian assignment into a round- the-world adventure by returning to the US via steamship in 1956. In 1961, the Morrisons moved to Beaumont, where Mel led the Engineering Department at the Mobil (formerly The Magnolia Company) refinery, and their two younger children graduated from Forest Park High School. While in Beaumont, Kay was a Gray Lady volunteer at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and a member of Trinity Methodist Church. Kay and Mel returned to live in Melbourne in 1969, followed by London, England, in 1971. In 1974, the couple moved to Stamford, Connecticut, where they lived until Mr. Morrison, by then a senior international refining official for Mobil, retired in 1979. In retirement the couple lived in Austin, Texas, until moves in 1993 to Silver Spring, MD, and, finally, in 2010, to an assisted living community in Washington, DC. For many of those years, Kay and Mel traveled extensively around the globe. Kay made many friends in her travels and corresponded with them as the years progressed. Kay also excelled at bridge and became an accomplished brass rubbing artist while in England. Mrs. Morrison is survived by three children: Kent Morrison and his wife, Dale of Bethesda, Maryland; Sue Field and her husband, Don of Coto De Caza, California; and Bart Morrison and his wife, Marguerite of New York, New York, and New Fairfield, Connecticut; six grandchildren: Connor and Collin Morrison; Andy and his wife, Traci, and Kimen Field; and William and Catherine Morrison; and 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, in which she was active as a child.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 31, 2013
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