Shirley Sutton Morrison

Born: Fri., Apr. 30, 1926
Died: Wed., Feb. 25, 2015

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 07, 2015
Location: Living Rock Church, Killingworth

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Shirley Sutton Morrison, 88, of Clinton, CT, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on February 25, 2015.  Shirley is predeceased by her husband, John Richard Morrison Jr., her brothers Strain (Tim) Sutton, William Warburton Sutton III, and her sisters Audrey Lee Sutton Hickson, and Katherine(Kay) Warburton Sutton.  She leaves behind three children:  Nancy Kay Morrison Farwell and her husband Mark Olander, of Fair Oaks, CA;  Gale Sutton Morrison Plancon and her husband Pol (Flip), of Branford, CT;  John Richard Morrison III, and his wife Arlene, of Old Lyme, CT; and her step-daughter Sandra Morrison Geller,  and her husband Bill, of Hudson, FL.  She also leaves two grandchildren: Julia Morrison and Hannah Morrison, and four step-grandchildren: Barbara Miller Bitzer, Brenda Miller Farrell, Bonnie Miller Shaul, and Billie Miller.  In addition, Shirley leaves several loving nieces and nephews and their families.


 Born April 30, 1926, in Hempstead, Long Island, NY, Shirley graduated from Freeport High School in 1941, and immediately went to work as a cashier on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch for 7 years.  In 1948, she married the "Love of her Life", John, who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps, recently returning as a pilot in World War II.  Together they lived all over the country, as John's career moved them "22 times in 10 years", before landing in Baldwin NY for 12 years, and then finally settling in Clinton, CT, where they enjoyed their view of the Indian River.


 Shirley always desired to go to college, and at age 65, she attended Middlesex Community College, earning her Associates in Science degree.  A self-proclaimed "news-junkie", Shirley read 3 newspapers a day, closely following the Stock Market and political articles.  In 1974, Shirley was hired as an assistant bookkeeper at the Clinton Town Hall.  She diligently worked her way up to becoming the Executive Assistant to the First Selectman, and worked with 8 different First Selectmen over her 32 years of service there.  She retired in 2008, at age 82.  Having lived on the water nearly all her life, she had a passion for boating in and around Clinton Harbor.  Her favorite pastime was going out for a steak dinner with family and friends, but she was also an avid bridge player.


 A Memorial Service celebrating Shirley's life will take place at 10:00am on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Living Rock Church, 138 Connecticut Route 81, Killingworth, CT.  Reception immediately to follow at The Clinton Town Hall, 54 East Main Street, Clinton CT.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Sharon "Torell" Kwiatkowski
   Posted Sun March 01, 2015
Dear Gail,

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I know how hard it is to lose a mother. Hope you're doing okay.

Love, Sharon & John

Beverly Torell
   Posted Sun March 01, 2015
To all of Shirley's friends and relatives,
I express my sincere sympathy for your recent loss. It was a pleasure knowing her.
Gale, I am here for you, any time! I have many happy memories of growing up with you as a neighborhood friend and reconnecting the past couple of years.
May your Mom Rest In Peace.

Linda Koscinski
   Posted Sun March 01, 2015
Dear John and family,
So sad to hear your mom's passing. I really had fond feelings for her and your family all these years even though our paths have not crossed lately. I send much love and prayers to you and the family.
God Bess Linda

Lee Anderson
   Posted Sun March 01, 2015
Dear Gale & John,
So sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. I have many fond memories of her and molly at the village. She always had something kind to say with a smile on her face. Oh my those blue eyes!
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Let your happy memories help you through these sad days.

Lee Anderson
The Village At Mariners Point

Virginia Zawoy
   Posted Tue March 03, 2015
Dear Morrison Family. my sincere condolences on Shirley's passing. She was an important part of my life and I will always remember her steadfastness and loyalty to those she worked with. I'm glad that she had the oppotunity, once retired, to enjoy more time with family and friends. She was one of a kind.
Love, Virginia

Peg Daley and entire family
   Posted Fri March 06, 2015
We send our condolences and love to our entire Morrison family. There are so many wonderful memories with Shirley and John, my parents, all of us cousins for most of our lives. She will always live in our hearts and memories.

Kathy Nicely
   Posted Thu March 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was a wonderful woman, who worked very hard. I interacted with her on a regular basis throughout our workdays with the town. She truly loved her family and the water. We had shared a lot throughout the years being in our careers. You should be very proud of your mom, which I know you are. Truly a "lady" and will be missed.

Helen Brown
   Posted Thu March 12, 2015
Dear John and Arlene:
I just saw the Harbor News obituary. I am so very sorry for your loss. I truly
liked your Mom and thought she was an amazing example of how to really live
in your older age. My heart goes out to you. Love and blessings, Helen Brown