Honoring the life of Nancy Morrison

nancy morrisonNancy Walters Morrison, 88, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at her home in Parker, Colorado.

She was born in Marion, Kansas on March 12, 1926. The love of her life, Joseph Morrison, fell in love with her as she was singing Mozart’s Alleluia in Ellsworth, Kansas where they both lived.

Nancy’s life dream was to attend a conservatory of music. Her dream was fulfilled when she graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University while Joseph was a midshipman at the United State Naval Academy. They were married at the Naval Academy Chapel on graduation day, June 3, 1949.

She spent her musical career singing opera and musicals, but was primarily a soprano soloist of sacred music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, and at First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Music was the sustenance of her life. Her experiences of climbing the mountains of Colorado and reaching their peaks brought her joy beyond words. In the last twenty years of her life, Celtic spirituality became a vital component of her deep Christian faith.

Nancy was proud of her long membership in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, which connected her with family members in prior and current generations over a span of many years and residences in several states. Her most recent church home was Wellshire Presbyterian in Denver.

She is preceded in death by her parents Mildred Oliver Walters and Robert Kingsley Walters, her husband Joseph Richard Morrison, and her sister Virginia Walters Walker.

She is survived by her brother Robert of Yuma, Arizona; her three children: David Morrison of Parker, Colorado; Patricia Kitchen and her husband James of Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania; and Thomas Morrison and his wife Susi of Parker, Colorado. Her children were the light of her life. They each made her proud, and blessed to be a mother. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Crawford Brubaker and his wife Layne, Ben Brubaker and his wife Alyssa, all of New Orleans, Elisabeth Brubaker of New York City, Megan Morrison of Colorado Springs, and Kate Morrison of Parker, as well as her beloved nieces and nephews: Lynne Walker of Seattle and Jane, Mike and Jim Walters of Yuma, AZ.

A service to celebrate her faith, compassion and the sacred music that defined her life will be held at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music ministries at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80222

I was there.
I sat next to heaven.
God said hello.
My soul was at peace.
— NWM

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Eat, Sleep, Play… Reykjavik!

Over Easter I traveled out of the country for the first time in six years (I know, embarrassing, right?) I am so grateful to have an adventurous friend in Abby Laughery, who has traveled the globe to more countries than I can count. We flew from JFK to KEF on Icelandair‘s red eye (a quick 4 1/2 hours!) with no expectations, only a rough outline of an itinerary and some great friends to laugh, drink and explore with.

Getting to and from Keflavík International Airport is super easy via the Flybus or Airport Express

Ok… so I know you’re all dying to know…What are the signature food and drink in Iceland? It is not rare to see Icelanders ordering whale, puffin or lamb at dinner. If you’re brave enough you can even eat fermented shark! Iceland’s signature distilled beverage is called Brennivín, also known as The Black Death due to its 80 proof.

Here’s the lowdown on where to EAT (& DRINK), SLEEP and PLAY in Iceland  Continue reading

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Quick Life Update

Hey Y’all,

I can’t thank you enough for all of the love, support and prayers I received over the past year. I am grateful for the time off between graduating from college and joining “the real world” where I was able to travel, spend time with friends and family and explore who I am as a person. I would not be where I am today with out several people including Lucy Scott, Jake Batsell and Richard Roth. You and many others were instrumental in my job search due to your encouraging words and recommendations that kept me going.

I am thrilled to let you know that a month ago I began work at my dream company, CNN. I am working as a production assistant for CNN’s newest 9pm show “Piers Morgan Tonight” out of the New York bureau. I am constantly learning new tools of the trade and trying new things. I am excited for the journey ahead and I am confident that I am at the right place at the right time in my life. I look forward to making my career at CNN.

As some of you have come to learn, I love hand written thank you notes. Please don’t think I have forgotten about you, life has simply been a little crazy. I just stocked up on some beautiful engraved stationary that will go out in the mail soon…I’m still compiling a list of people I need to write and thank!

So truly, thank you to each and every one of you that has made me the person and journalist that I am today. I couldn’t have done it without you.

That’s all for now…until I decide how to go forward with this blog. It may become a gratitude journal, an observation blog, or something else.

All the best,

Elisabeth
“Lizzie”

P.S. If you want to see what I’m up to on a daily basis check out our blog, facebook page and twitter account. Then catch “Piers Morgan Tonight” weeknights at 9pm ET/PT

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Eat, Sleep, Play… Breckenridge!

Breckenridge, Colo. is a ski town that offers more than just skiing for all ages. Whether you are a foodie, an adventurer, or a resort lover, there is something for everyone.

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and start daydreaming because here is your guide to eating, sleeping, and playing in…Breckenridge Continue reading

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Bloglovin’

Bloglovin’ in a great website if you’re looking to simplify how you follow blogs and who you follow. All it takes is a few minutes of your time. Simply register with the website and then click the link to add blogs. Once you enter the blog address in, the site will pull up the proper blog and hit “follow.” It’s as easy as that! You can request emails each time a new blog posts or you can simply go to your site and see who has posted new blogs. It provides easy links to quickly read the blogs. You can save them for later or mark as read if you don’t want to read them at all.

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Coming Soon…Breckenridge

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Sisters

“Chi-Os were ideal partners for all occasions. They were discrete, desirable, tactful, polite, and fun… Every mom dreamed of her son coming home with a Chi Omega, a woman’s woman.” -David Letterman

In January of 2007, I was welcomed into the arms of 130 women whom I now call my sisters. Joining a sorority is not for everyone, but when I was given the opportunity, I didn’t even question it. My mother was is a Chi Omega.

Two of eight legacies of the class of '07. L to R: Lisa Broussard, Melissa Broussard, Me, Mama

Some of her very best friends are women she met at LSU in the Chi Omega house. And even though thousands of miles may separate them, she knows they are always only a phone call away.

Recruitment at SMU is a deferred process. First-year women get the fall to get acclimated to college life: classes, living in the dorms, and making friends. Recruitment was an awkward process for me because I was a legacy in Chi Omega and my cousin was in another sorority.

Post recruitment my cousin, Katie, and I could finally spend time together!

The rules of the fall didn’t allow me to hang out with or talk to my cousin! It was interesting to say the least.

Recruitment was for me- and should be for women- about finding a group of women who you can genuinely call your sisters; where you can be your real, honest, goofy self. I found that in the Iota Alpha chapter of Chi Omega.

A wonderful group of women

A sweater from the 80's that will certainly live on in my Chi Omega "family"


Chi Omega was more than just an organization to join. Chi Omega gave me opportunities: to be a leader, to make friends that will last a lifetime. Chi Omega taught me the meaning of studying hard to play hard. It gave me the opportunity to join other organizations and to go on to lead those organizations. Many of my favorite memories from college include laughs, cries, or events shared with my sisters. My sisters were, and still are, always there to support me (even if it meant getting up at 5 a.m. to anchor the show I was producing!)

Natalie Stephens and I were members of Mustang 11 '10 (THEN)

(And NOW) She was a champ on set at the Daily Update (thanks for getting up so early for me!!)


Chi Omega isn’t just through college. Chi Omega is for a lifetime. There are over 240 alumnae chapters around the country (I joined in Denver) and approximately 171 collegiate chapters. Chi Omega just surpassed Girl Scouts of America as the largest women’s organization in the country with more than 290,000 initiated members!

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Iota Alpha welcomed 51 new members Sunday afternoon! Four years ago this week I joined Chi Omega. I can’t wait for the next 40.

I'm very lucky to have Morgana Phlaum as my friend (THEN)

(And NOW) I can't wait for the next forty years, Gon!

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