Page Morrison, 80, of Newport News, Va., died peacefully at Riverside Hospital in the early morning hours of April 18, 2015.
Page was born Leone Page Callis to the late Annie Leone Daniel Callis and Rupert Leslie (Hardy) Callis on Nov. 16, 1934 on her beloved Gwynn’s Island, Va. She was one of four children, Ruby Lena, Leslie Stuart and Nancy Lee.
Her school age years began at Gwynn’s Island Elementary School. Each school day she walked to and from school with her cousin, neighbor, classmate and best friend, Shirley Callis, as well as a host of other classmates who also attended Gwynn’s Island Elementary. Page attended Mathews High School and graduated salutatorian of her Senior Class in 1952. After graduation Page attended Madison College where she was a Dean’s List student all four years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Minor in Social Science in 1956.
After graduation she taught third grade for the Princess Anne County School System. It was there she met the love of her life, a handsome young Army officer from Schroon Lake, N.Y., Robert C. Morrison, a graduate of Norwich University, who was stationed at Fort Story, Va.
Bob and Page would marry on Nov. 16, 1963 at Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church. Married for 51 years, Bob and Page would raise their two dear children, Ron and Cindy. Traveling in and out of many duty stations including a special move for the family from 1978-1981 to Heidelberg, Germany, where Bob worked in logistics for NATO. Possessing a true servant’s heart which was essential as a military wife, Page faithfully cared for her family through many moves with her husband and children, where she held life together through her delicious cooking and unconditional love. A woman of faith and the heart of the Morrison family, Page shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leone and Hardy Callis; her sister, Ruby Lena Nelsen; brother-in-law, Darvin Nelsen; brother, Leslie Stuart Callis; sister-in-law, Gloria Callis, and her mother-in-law, Lucille Morrison.
Her surviving family members include her loving husband of 51 years, Robert C. Morrison; her son, Ron Morrison; her daughter-in-law, Beth Minick Morrison; her daughter, Cindy Morrison-Frey, son-in-law, Evan Frey and her beloved grandchildren, Brandon Robert and Nicole Paige Hatcher, their father, Ted Hatcher; her dear sister, Nancy Lee Weir; brother-in-law, Earl Weir; her only nephew, Dwayne Callis, his wife Donna and their two children, Cassie and Ken Callis. We also wish to mention two dear friends of the family, Kim Hinson and Cathy Alexander, along with their families who have given the Morrison family unending love and support during this difficult time.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 3 p.m., with a viewing from 1-2:30 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Va. A private family burial will be held at Gwynn’s Island Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gwynn’s Island Museum, P.O. Box 109, Gwynn, Va. 23066 in memory of Page Callis Morrison.
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