(Oct. 12, 2009)
Darlene Ann Morrison, 77, died Monday, Oct. 12 at Powell Valley Care Center.
She was born Feb. 22, 1932 in Hume, Mo. to Orville and Mildred Cline. She had a sister and a brother.
She spent her early years among family in Missouri, until they relocated to the Powell area, where she remained for the rest of her life.
Darlene married Thomas E. Nelson of Ralston in 1949. Although he died just four years later, the couple had two children, Rebecca and Robert.
She married Harold H. Morrison of Cody in 1954, following his return from service during the Korean War. Harold adopted both Rebecca and Robert, and the young family was soon joined by two sons, Rodney and Roland.
Extended family was very important to Darlene, and she managed it with great cleverness. Darlene used her cooking skills to bring her family together. Summer picnics, holidays or a mere visit from out-of-town family or friends — her cooking was always a big part of any celebration. Her food was the glue that kept everyone together.
Darlene shared her love of cooking with the Powell community through her years of service in Powell school cafeterias. After her retirement from the schools, she worked at Powell Valley Hospital.
She was very active in the Ralston Club, and she enjoyed reading a good book and working in her flower beds.
During her life, she took part in the lives of her 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Darlene is survived by her four children, Becky Lohrenz (Jerry) of Ralston, Bob Morrison (Norma) also of Ralston, Rod Morrison (Lynn) of Powell and Roland Morrison of Billings; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Roy Cline (Caryl) of Bellevue, Wash.; brother-in-law James Nelligan of Bangor, Maine; sister-in-law Norleen Robirds (Don) of Cody; uncles Bud Cline (Lil) and Cecil Cline, both of Powell; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents and her sister.
Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.