Helen Morrison

MORRISON, Helen (Barry), 97, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Wheeling Hospital.

A resident of St. Clairsville for many years, Helen was born May 14, 1915 in Fairmont, WV, the daughter of the late Charles D. and Anna (Taylor) Barry.

She was a graduate of Fairmont College and received her Masters Degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN. She taught in Tazwell, VA before moving to Belmont County, where from 1967-80 she taught at St. Clairsville High School.

During her lifetime, Helen – or Bridget as she preferred to be called – was active in community service: the Girl Scouts, the Adult Literacy Program, Sunday School Teacher, volunteer at the St. Clairsville Council of Churches Food Pantry, and library volunteer (including the Books to Nursing Homes Program). She was a library aide working as a reading instructor in an adult literacy program and a Wheeling Hospital aide. She was a member of the Belmont County Retired Teachers and Ohio Retired Teachers Associations.

An avid traveler, she visited much of the world including fifty countries and seven continents. It was a lifetime interest.

Since moving to Wheeling in 2005 and living at Elmhurst, she has been a member of St. Michael Parish.

In addition to her parents, Bridget was preceded in death by her husband James Michael Morrison (1971), a son James Michael Morrison Jr. (1980), and a sister and brother in 1927. Her other sister, Anne Barry of Wheeling, died in 1984 and a brother, Charles D. Barry Jr. of Omaha, Nebraska, in 2007, two grandsons, Robert Rectenwald (2001) and Paul Francis Volpe (2002).

Living relatives include daughters, Mrs. Catherine (Louis) Volpe of Wheeling and Reverend Marian Rectenwald of Tracy City, TN; a son, Charles Barry Morrison of Poland, IN; and six grandchildren: Genevieve Volpe, Dr. Gretchen (Christopher) Lawson, Dr. Emily (Kevin) Sylvester, Catherine (Michael) Jacko, Michael (Miranda) Rectenwald, Sarah (Jon) Stewart, and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Gavin.

Visitation will occur at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church prior to the celebration of the liturgy at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 8.

Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairmont, WV.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com.