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Janice Morrison

MORRISON, JANICE - Janice Beverly Morrison of Woodstock, NB passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the age of 86. Jan is survived by one son, Barry Robert Morrison (Mary) of Saint John, NB.; daughters, Monica Morrison (Christiane) of Maun, Botswana, and Robin Crain (Brian) of Bulls Creek, N.B.; seven grandchildren; Bridget, Alec, Mathew, Ben Morrison, Michael, Maggie, Sarah Crain: five great grandchildren; Jack, Nick, Jane Morningstar, Chloe Morrison and Terra Crain. Besides her parents, Fred and Susannah Withers, Jan is pre-deceased by her husband Robert John Morrison; sister, Francis Izzard; brothers Frank, Murray, Philip and Edward. Jan grew up on the Withers family farm in Black River, N.B., graduating from Saint John High in 1945. She began working at Barbour Foods in Saint John as an office clerk, where she met her future mother-in-law, Susie Morrison. Following a matchmaking dinner at the Morrison’s, their youngest son, Robert was smitten. They were married in 1947. After various adventures in Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Ontario, Jan and Bob landed in Woodstock, N.B. with their three children, realizing Bob’s dream of starting a radio station, CJCJ. Jan was instrumental in building its success, becoming known to many in the Carleton Country community by her radio name of Wendy Hill, as host of her own radio show, Coffee with Wendy. Jan later opened her own camera and art supplies store on Main Street, while she worked with Bob at CJCJ and The Bugle newspaper. In 1964, Jan decided to become a private aircraft pilot. She was one of the first female pilots in the Maritimes. After losing Bob in a car accident in 1969, Jan returned to school. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from St. Thomas University, then went on to McGill to take a course in French. She was also accepted at U.N.B. Law School but decided she wanted to dedicate her time to her grandchildren and travel. Jan was a life-long learner, who was always exploring new ideas and information. She travelled to the Caribbean, Europe, China and made many trips to Africa. When she settled for awhile, as she did in Montreal and Saint John, N.B., she was an enthusiastic contributor to the community through volunteer work such as the Canadian Cancer Society and the A.B.E.C.. She loved reading and any form of artistic expression, filling her homes with books, paintings, textiles and sculpture. Her love of antiques over the years furnished the homes of her family. We all have those special reminders of Jan. Jan’s greatest accomplishment was the building of friendships. Unconditional love and fierce support for family and friends were always there. As Jan put it once, “I will take any mother-daughter (son, grandchild, friend, etc.) event I can get.” She was up for anything, no matter how challenging; skiing, hiking, swimming, driving, scooter driving, fishing, 4 wheeling, or just sitting and enjoying a glass of wine on the deck at the summer camp she provided for her family at Skiff Lake. Wherever Jan went she made friends that remained constant throughout her life. One of the most common comments you hear about Jan is “She was one of my favorite people.” The family would like to express sincere appreciation for all the love and care from the Red Cross Home Support Workers and Riverside Court staff that made her later years so much more enjoyable. She will be with us forever in our mannerisms, expressions, our love for reading and beautiful things, our capacity to make and sustain friendships, our sense of fairness, and in the bits of handkerchiefs edged with tatting passed on as evidence of someone in the family whom we could admire for their industriousness. Mom, Grammie, sister-in-law, Jan: you have made our hearts grow larger and your legacy will be the love we pass on to others.
Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 pm at Scott Funeral Home on Friday, February 8th. Funeral service will be held at the Saint James United Church on February 9th, 2013 at 11 am with Rev. Debra Baker officiating, with interment at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the NB Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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