Janice Elizabeth Moser Morrison, 66, of 9 Sumac Lane, Elysburg, died peacefully in her home at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 10, 1951, a daughter of the late Judge Frank S. and Dorothy Albright Moser. She has a sibling, Edward Albert Moser of Selinsgrove, who survives.
Janice spent her youth and much of her adult life in Shamokin, prior to moving to Elysburg in 1999.
Janice touched thousands of lives as a teacher and educator, primarily in Shamokin area schools and also in Lititz. She taught in Shamokin from 1974-1987, prior to accepting a position at Warwick School District in Lititz, where she worked from 1987-1990. Janice returned to teaching at Shamokin in 2002 and remained there until her retirement in 2010.
Janice married Edward Morrison in 1992. Edd preceded her in death in 2002. In 1996, they had a son, Hugh Edward Morrison, who survives as well as two stepchildren, Edward Joseph Morrison, of Paxinos and Pamela Morrison, of Hummelstown.
Janice loved music. She shared this passion with many local students through private piano lessons. She also performed as the organist at Lincoln Street United Methodist Church in Shamokin from 1997-2001, and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shamokin until her death. Her faith was a source of strength to her as well as her love of books.
She passed her love of music onto her son, Hugh, and together they enjoyed piano and classic rock. Additionally, as the wife of a local art teacher, Janice was able to enrich that passion for the arts through Edd's paintings, photography and other mediums. A devoted mother, Janice shared many outdoor adventures with Hugh, including a recent vacation to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, where they were able to ride dolphins and a ride on an elephant at the Bloomsburg Fair.
A deep love of nature kept Janice enjoying the outdoors. For many years, she camped and enjoyed bicycling. Janice felt at peace on her many walks with friends or alone at the local Weiser State Forest.
She was a 1969 graduate of Shamokin Area High School. After high school she attended Bucknell University prior to graduating from Bloomsburg University Magna Cum Laude in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in education and a minor in music. Janice received her masters degree in education from Bloomsburg University in 1974.
As an educator, she developed a passion for working with gifted and talented students, both in Shamokin and Lititz. In 1990, she earned an education specialist degree from the University of Connecticut in gifted education. Janice was a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, the Anthracite Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Cecilian Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Farrow Funeral Directors, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Shamokin, with the Rev. Joan Brown officiating. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. The family will be accepting flowers.
Published on April 26, 2017