Rhoda MorrisonSeptember 4, 2017
Rhoda Morrison, GG, has lived a long and full life. She grew up in Winnipeg, MB with her parents, James Archibald & Catherine Rhoda Mitchell, twin brothers Jack and Jim, and younger sister, Ruth. Rhoda was musical — dancing, singing, and playing the piano from a young age. She was a strong swimmer and was part of a competitive synchronized swimming team. After grade twelve, she worked at the T. Eaton Company, managing an accessories boutique. Rhoda married John William Morrison and gave birth to their daughter, Dixie Rhoda, in 1942. Dixie was well cared for, even as Jack was absent for four years while serving in the Air Force in WWII. Rhoda became active in the United Church, attending Bible studies, leading Explorers, CGIT, and Sunday School classes. She and Jack made lifelong friends at the Adults Club of Kildonan United Church. They traveled to Israel, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Cuba and journeyed across Canada in their Chinook truck camper. Jack & Rhoda loved their grandchildren — Rhonda, Mathew, Jacqueline, and Louis — and included them on several holidays, including a trip to Disneyland. After Jack’s death in 1998, Rhoda moved to reside in the Manor in Swift Current. She made many friends and joined the Odds and Ends Band. She loved making music with the band and kept the beat as the percussionist — playing the bongos, drums, tambourine, bells, and spoons. At home, she became inspired to dress dolls. She collected and crocheted outfits for hundreds of dolls, some of them finding homes in Swift Current daycares. Family was very important to Jack and Rhoda, she always wanted to help wherever she could. On her last day, she commented that she wished she could do more to help. Rhoda was kind and generous with her time and resources. She was sustained by the love of her family. Her family celebrates the life of a gracious matriarch of five generations. She was GG to Trevor, Devin, Maxwell, Joshua, Payton, Samuel, and Lauren, and even GGG to the latest grandchildren, Isabella, Freya, Liam, and Maddox.
The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Rhoda Morrison of Swift Current, was held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm from the First United Church with Rev. Annette Taylor officiating.
Canadian National Institute For The Blind
2160 Broad St, Regina, SK S4P 1Y5, AB
Lung Association of Saskatchewan
1231 8th Street East, Saskatoon AB S7H 0S5
First United Church
222 3rd Avenue NE, Swift Current SK S9H 2G6