Velma V. Morrison
Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service
132 W Kern Ave
Tulare, CA
Velma V. Morrison Velma V. Morrison passed away in Rancho Mirage, California, on Thursday, June 20th, 2013. Born August 1st, 1920, to Earl and Gladys Mitchell, she began her life on a ranch in Tipton, California. She is survived by her sister Melva Brucker, daughter Judyth Roberts, and her son Ron Shannon, as well as grandsons Drake Shannon, Michael Trindade and Justin Wilkerson. Those who knew Velma can all agree that she lived a full life, many times over. Ms. Morrison really lived three separate lives. Her first life consisted of growing up a farm girl on a Tipton ranch, then roaming the Great Plains harvesting grain during the Depression. She helped weld ships as a true "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, and eventually owned her own Bakersfield restaurant called "The Broiler". Her second life began the moment she met Harry Morrison, cofounder of the Morrison/Knudsen Construction Company. It is a short, romantic, story. They met at the Broiler. Harry first stopped by for dinner while watching an away game of the Boise Junior College football team. He kept coming back, and then he told her that she was working too hard and that he needed a traveling nurse. The rest, as they say, is history; in 1959, she married him and they traveled together for the rest of his life. After Harry died in 1971, she continued his work by taking over leadership of the Harry Morrison Foundation. She showed where her heart truly lay, and became a great Idaho philanthropist. It was thanks to her efforts that the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts was built in Boise State University. In 1986, her third life started when she married John Hockberger, a long-time friend. Together with John, she continued her love of philanthropy, mentoring and influencing her family and community. This grand dame of Idaho served on many boards for organizations and causes that she passionately cared about. For her lifelong commitment to enriching lives, Boise State University, the College of Idaho, Gonzaga University, and Pepperdine University all gifted her with honorary doctorates. Velma's life of ninety-two years was touched by the Depression, but shaped by faith. Touched by war, yet shaped by love. No, it was not the events in her life that shaped her, but she who shaped her life. She lived by her strong faith in God, and her trust in Him carried her throughout her life. The stories of the life of Velma Morrison could fill a book. In fact, they have; her memoirs are published in the book The Bluebird Will Sing Tomorrow. Velma, you will be sorely missed by your family and many friends…thank you, dear lady, for being with us for 92 years. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Tulare United Methodist Church, 228 W. Kern Ave., Tulare, with burial following at Tulare District Cemetery. Arrangements by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel, Tulare.

Published by Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jun. 25, 2013.
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A truly great lady!
Rich Tennison
July 4, 2021
Velma was a joy to know as my husband's "aunt Velma", loved
by all who were blessed to know her ! She loved people and she
loved the Lord . Always kind and caring. wonderful hostess.
kelli french
October 12, 2020
Fond memories of her visits to Chicago and our visits to Idaho. What a classy lady! She will be richly rewarded for the outstanding use of her time, talents and treasures to make this world a better place. Also, a kind and thoughtful person to the Hockberger family. Thank you Velma!
Paul Hockberger
July 1, 2013
We all loved Aunt Velma!
Sue Cogswell
June 26, 2013
A truly grand lady. Our love to all the family.
Jack and Kerren (Kick Sutton) Taylor
June 25, 2013
May God bless you, my very special Auntie Velma. You are now one my angels. I love you so much
Sheryl Sutton
June 25, 2013
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