Virginia Ellen Bird Morrison was born in Memphis, Tennessee, July 16, 1934. She was the daughter of Carl and Arah Tyler Bird. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Glenn H. Morrison, son Bill and wife Becky, son Lee and wife Linda, and daughter Ellen and Red Ramsey. Grandchildren are Tyler and wife Jeana, Rachel Morrison, Chad Ramsey and Katelyn Ramsey. She has one great grandson, William Morrison.
Virginia graduated from Little Rock High School. She earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University.
She worked in the field of education in Texas, Arkansas and Michigan for over 30 years, with a special interest in teaching younger children. Her later years were devoted to helping teachers learn and apply educational software to their craft.
Always a devout Methodist, she was active in the Koinonia and Emmaus movements for about 25 years. Virginia and Glenn have been members of Christ Methodist Church in Sugar Land, Texas since 1990. There, she was active in the teaching ministries of the church since 1991, including the Stages (singles) Sunday School Class and Disciples Bible Study. She also was an active as a Stephen Minister for several years.
Since 1992, Virginia and Glenn have been avid amateur genealogists. She made numerous trips to Georgia and nearby states and one trip to Scotland, where she did research in the National Archives of Scotland and in several libraries on the Isle of Skye and Isles of Harris and Lewis. She helped Glenn with the publication of a family history book and a family cookbook, typing each of these to a “camera ready” stage. Her principal families of interest were Bird, Kinnebrew, Kidd, Anderson and Tyler.
As a person, Virginia was known for her ready smile and helpful attitude. She loved to cook and was known in the family and by close friends for her delicious pancakes, chocolate fudge and chili. For many years, in Arkansas and Michigan, she and Glenn loved to square dance. She also enjoyed helping children with craft projects at home, church and missions.
Virginia will be buried with a graveside service at the Pansy Cemetery, Pansy, Arkansas, Saturday evening at 4:00 p.m. A Memorial service will be held later in Sugar Land, Texas.
Virginia loved to share books and encourage children to read and the family is requesting donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Library of Cleveland County Arkansas and the Day School in the Methodist church Christ Church of Sugar Land TX. Information about these groups is listed on the GoFundMe page listed below. To donate please directly contact the group using the information provided or our family will use any donations made directly to GoFundMe for these two organizations to purchase books to promote and enrich their reading programs.
Arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison (870) 325-6216.