Ilabelle Shanahan Morrison, age 86, died December 26, 1990 in Salt Lake City.
She was born February 5, 1904 in Sprague, Washington, a daughter of David and Gurtha Belle Goss Shanahan; a prominent pioneer family. She graduated from Eastern State University in Washington and Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Beta Kappa National Scolastic Honorary. She was dedicated to her chosen profession, teaching. She taught many years in the schools of the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington and held a professorship at the University of Houston in Texas. She began teaching music at the age of 12 and continued for 50 years. She conducted her own school of music in Seattle, Washington and received national recognition for her original group piano and organ methods. She became an independent oil operator in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah for many years with Walter L. Morrison, whom she married on May 7, 1977. He died June 23, 1988. Her success in business made it possible for her to give generously to a number of philantropies and many young people have been able to gain their education through her generosity.She has no survivors.
Cryptside services will be held Thursday, January 3, 1991 at 1 p.m. in the Holladay Memorial Park Mausoleum, 4900 South Memory Lane, under the direction of Mackay Deseret Mortuary.
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