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Rose Morrison, 86, longtime Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday [August 28, 1985] at Royal Vista Care Center. She was born in Missoula, Mont., on Aug. 16, 1899, and moved to the Ellensburg area at age 8 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Quincy A. Davis.

She attended local schools and started to work for the Ellensburg Telephone Co. when she was 15. She was a telephone operator during World War I and handled the emergency created by the flu epidemic then.

Her telephone operating career was interrupted by her marriage in 1919 to Abraham B. Morrison. They settled in the Badger Pocket area among first farmers and, from 1933 until his retirement in 1946; they continued to operate their farm.

They moved to Ellensburg to make their home at 203 E. Sixth Ave. Mrs. Morrison returned to work as a telephone operator in 1950 and retired on May 19, 1967. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Mrs. Morrison was preceded in death by her husband in 1953 and by a son, Ed Morrison, in 1978.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rudie (Mary) Barneycastle of Ellensburg; three sons, Ralph Morrison of Bothell, and Dave Morrison and Roy Morrison, both of Ellensburg; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Cotton Chapel with burial following at the IOOF Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to the life support systems in care of the Ellensburg Fire Department.