Esther F. Morrison, 89, registered nurse, volunteer

April 06, 2006

Esther F. Morrison, a retired nurse and hospital volunteer, died of respiratory failure Monday at Roland Park Place, where she lived for more than two decades. She was 89.

Born Esther Fisher in Romney, W.Va., she moved to Baltimore in 1933 to begin her training at Maryland General Hospital, from which she graduated.

She worked as a registered nurse for many years before and after her 1942 marriage to Dr. John Huff Morrison, a Baltimore obstetrician. They lived in Stoneleigh.

After Dr. Morrison's death in 1967, she became a nurse at Roland Park Country School, where her daughters were enrolled. They said she became a confidante and counselor to the students.

During the summers, she was a nurse at the Florence Crittenton Home in Hampden.

Mrs. Morrison was one of the charter residents of Roland Park Place when the retirement community opened in 1984. She continued to work part time as a nurse in the office of Dr. Clifton Presser, a Baltimore gynecologist, for several years.

She also worked as the supervisor of the thrift shop at Union Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Morrison was active in the Roland Park Place Community and was twice president of its residents association.

"She was like the mayor of Roland Park Place," said a daughter, Lynn Morrison Venetoulis of Lutherville, the wife of the former Baltimore County Executive Ted Venetoulis. "She was very supportive of the nurses there. She was a caregiver by nature."

Mrs. Morrison enjoyed calligraphy, sewing and needlepoint. She made samplers as gifts for friends and family. She also gardened.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. April 20 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Survivors include another daughter, Sue Morrison Millard of Lutherville; and five grandchildren.

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