February 29, 1948 – May 12, 2019
Born in Geneva, NE
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Adeline “Addie” Morrissey
Adeline Morrissey, “Addie,” a long-time resident of Lincoln, died on Sunday, May 12, surrounded by family and friends. Addie was born in Geneva, NE, on February 29, 1948, to Walter and Henrietta Isley, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Morrissey; her daughter, Kasey (Morrissey) Patterson; her son-in-law, Aaron Patterson; her son, Geofrey Morrissey, her daughter-in-law, Whitney (Humphreys) Morrissey; and her three grandsons: Henry Patterson, John Patterson, and William Morrissey.
Following Addie’s graduation from Fairmont High School in Fairmont, NE, she moved to Lincoln to pursue a career at Lincoln General Hospital (LGH) as an Inhalation Therapist. During this period of time, Addie was introduced to Thomas Morrissey, and in July, 1969, they were united in marriage at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. Addie continued her employment at LGH until she and Tom relocated to Ogallala, NE, in 1975.
In Ogallala, Addie was a stay-at-home mother until her children started school. She then took a position at Ogallala Community Hospital in the Respiratory Department. While at Ogallala Community Hospital, she furthered her education by becoming a Certified Respiratory Technician (CRT). Addie found her calling as a CRT in the emergency room.
Addie and her family remained in Ogallala until 1988, when they relocated to Lincoln. Upon returning to Lincoln, Addie immediately resumed work at LGH as a CRT. To spend more time with her family, however, Addie took a new position with LGH as a Unit Clerk in the Oncology Department. She further spent time as a Unit Clerk with outpatient surgery, and finally as a Unit Clerk for the Intensive Care Unit until her retirement in 2010.
Throughout her life, Addie was involved with numerous clubs and volunteer organizations. She was a devout member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Optimist Club of Lincoln, the Red Hat Society, Deborah Circle, Camp Ronald McDonald in California, and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. She was also the Coordinator for the Red Cross Blood Bank in Ogallala.
Addie was a natural leader and often rose through the ranks of the organizations of which she was a member. Notably, Addie was past president of Beta Sigma Phi in both Ogallala and Lincoln. She was also past president of the Optimist Club of Lincoln, United Methodist’s Women, past president of Deborah Circle, and past president of the Wesleyan Women’s Educational Council. Further, Addie was a cornerstone of her Church, First United Methodist, where she was involved in various activities.
Addie loved life, her family, and her friends. She could often be found quilting, baking, reading, or doing crossword puzzles. Addie was also highly involved in gardening; she studied and eventually became a Master Gardener. She continuously embarked on various adventures with her family and friends. She was incredibly talented and easy to love. She will be missed.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Addie on June 22, 2019, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Lincoln (2723 North 50th Street, Lincoln, NE 68504).
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