Elizabeth B. “Betsy” Morrison

Elizabeth B. “Betsy” Morrison

November 30, 1934 – September 5, 2021

Preceded in death by husband, Thomas J. Morrison.  Survived by children and spouses: Mary Helen and Robert Lamoureux, James and Deb Morrison, Kevin and Michele Morrison, Tom and Andrea Morrison, Ann Brigid, and T.J. Burburidge; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Madeleine Sanders, Janet Schiesl; sister-in-law, Mary Morrison; numerous nieces and nephews, foster children, exchange students, and neighborhood “kids”.

In honor of Mom’s personality, bright attire encouraged.  VISITATION: Thursday, September 9th from 5pm to 7pm followed by WAKE SERVICE at 7pm at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th Street.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:  Friday, September 10th at 11:15am at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family to various St. Vincent de Paul pantries at multiple parishes as well as the Josie Harper Hospice House.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Elizabeth B. “Betsy” Morrison was born on November 30, 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Helen and Arthur “Bub” Burrowes and died September 5, 2021, surrounded by her five children, many children in-law and grandchildren.  Betsy was predeceased in death by her beloved husband Tom; parents; brother; sisters and brothers-in-law.

Betsy “aka Betty Rose, The Betsy, Cuddles, Mama Doll, Grandma and G.G.” is survived by her sisters, Madeleine Sanders and Janet Schiesl; sister-in-law, Mary Morrison; children: Mary Helen (Bob) Lamoureux, Jim (Deb), Kevin (Michele), Tommy (Andrea) and Brigid (TJ) Burbridge.  Additionally survived by her 15 beloved grandchildren: Steve (Shelby), Milissa (Cody), Brigid (Philip), Megan (Kyle), Mandy (Branden), Anna, Matthew, Michael, Emondre, Patrick, Mary Ann, Eamon, Elizabeth, Thomas and Mary Kate; 9 “GGs” : Ella, Nathan, Maddie, Ava, Allie, Eli, Johnny, Katie and Anthony; special friends, Maureen, Mary and Willie Mo.

Betsy devoted her life to serving others as a Junior High teacher at St. Joan of Arc, grade school and a high school counselor at Cathedral and Marian High Schools.  When she retired Betsy took on the job of Pastoral Minister at St. Cecilia Cathedral.  Along with her professions Betsy loved volunteering in many different roles including RCIA director, school board president, parish council member, Senior Adult Ministry coordinator, Bible study friend and second Mom to many.

Betsy touched the lives of many through her love and devotion to God, the blessed Mary and her two-a-day rosaries.  The first rosary was devoted to her family and extended family, each being mentioned by name, including children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.

The Second Rosary of the day was for the people that she felt needed it the most (even the opposing political party).  Mom would ask those she came in contact with, “For whom would you like for me to pray today?” Many people would respond with their requests and later tell Mom that their special intention had been answered. “God is good!”

Her quick wit and sassy (sometimes sarcastic) sense of humor was with her until her final days.  On the day before she died, Mom actually watched the Husker game and rolled her eyes over her glasses when she felt the Huskers were “running” up the score.

Betsy touched many lives and in return many lives blessed her.  We would like to thank the medical professionals and caregivers at Physicians Clinic, Methodist Hospital, Brookstone Meadows, and especially Home Instead and Kindred Hospice.  Thank you for loving our Mama as you would love your own.

“Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

God Love You

God Bless You

God Keep You



  • Michael Bloomingdale Posted September 6, 2021 4:35 pm

    As she shared so much love and joy on earth, may she now know God’s everlasting love and joy in Heaven.

  • Peg Pearson Posted September 7, 2021 5:42 pm

    Aunt Betsy brought so much love and joy to all who knew her. She truly is an “everyday saint”. Prayers to all of the Morrison clan as we celebrate her life, her incredible legacy and her homecoming with Jesus!

  • Barbara Erickson Posted September 7, 2021 6:13 pm

    Prayers for the family! Always hard to lose a mother/grandmother!

  • Daniel & Tammy Loth Posted September 7, 2021 6:56 pm

    Not many good people in the world can raise such an awesome family like yours. She’s one in a million.

  • Mercedes Dahlquist Posted September 7, 2021 8:25 pm

    Morrison family,

    On behalf of the Dahlquist “kids”, our heartfelt condolences on this enormous loss. Betsy was a great neighborhood Mom and now that she is with the Lord, she will act as mom to his congregation. Our love to you all

  • Linda Senne Posted September 7, 2021 9:59 pm

    I have been blessed to know this beautiful lady and her family

  • Mary Gurney Posted September 8, 2021 2:44 am

    Truly an angel among us! Thank you, Godmother, for giving your nieces and nephews a wonderful uncle, inspirational cousins and, especially, yourself.

  • Gregg Kupfer Posted September 8, 2021 6:28 am

    Brigid: Seems like so long ago. After leaving Cathedral I kept running into your mom, both at Cathedral and Marian as I recruited students for Midland Lutheran. Your mother was definitely unique in her approach to her faith. Hope life has been good to you. Respectfully-Coach Kupfer

  • Catherine Fouts Posted September 8, 2021 8:22 am

    Morrison Children-Your Mom hired me to babysit for your family and boy was it a job. Her guidance is still something I remember. She will be missed, but not forgotten.

  • Linda R Mathiesen (Howard) Posted September 8, 2021 8:34 am

    Mrs. M., was an extraordinary special person. Loved her spunk and sass. Sincere condolences to the family.

  • Mark Kresl Posted September 8, 2021 8:42 am

    Betsy was so special. She was there for my family when both my father and mother were in their final weeks. Always a smile and generous heart.

  • Jim Elliston Posted September 8, 2021 9:48 am

    We honored Betsy as the “Great Servant” several years ago at the St. Cecilia Comedy Cuisine, which is the annual fundraiser for the school. She was an amazing lady. I believe every person that came in contact with her felt the presence of GOD.

  • Debra Bame Posted September 8, 2021 10:04 am

    Thinking and praying for the Morrison family during this difficult time. Betsy was a great asset to the St Cecilia Cathedral parish. She was a very caring, compassionate and loving person. RIP Betsy and may the perpetual light shine upon her. Amen!

  • Tom and Jane Werner Posted September 8, 2021 1:38 pm

    Always loved all the time we worked together in so many projects at Cathedral. What a saintly lady. Jane Werner

  • Scott Christensen Posted September 8, 2021 6:05 pm

    My prayers are with all of you. She will be missed as she lighted the room with her presence. I’m sure she had me in the beads a few times

  • Lois Carmody Posted September 9, 2021 7:54 pm

    loving memories of Betsy during her time at St James.as she lectured ,showed love to her family and people
    that she met. May she rest in peace.

  • Tom Scheibeler Posted September 10, 2021 6:50 am

    What a fantastic lady, mother, and excellent spreader of Gods word , Kevin and Siblings your in our thoughts and prayers as you lay your mother to rest. Mom at you. Find comfort in knowing she is sitting there in heaven right next to your dad smiling down at the great family they created !

  • Jim McGlade Posted September 10, 2021 8:29 am

    Tiger (Tom) and the entire Morrison Family – thoughts and prayers to Betsy and you. My lasting memory of Betsy was how she was always gracious. The backdoor to the Morrison house was always open and she made always made me feel welcomed, even at unannounced visits. Her graciousness inspired my family to open our house every year on New Year’s Day to friends and family, following the Morrison tradition. Take comfort knowing that she is always with you.

    • Tom Posted November 3, 2021 9:34 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Helen MarieSanders Posted September 10, 2021 2:16 pm

    I’m very Sorry for your loss

  • Katie Buckley Taylor Posted September 20, 2021 10:12 am

    My condolences to the Morrison and Saunders family. I attended St Cecilia’s grade school along with the Morrison “kids” and spent summers In the 70s and early 80s in St Joe with the Sanders while visiting my cousins and grandparents on Felix street. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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