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Rose Mary Morrison, who many considered one of the true matriarchs of the Bucyrus community, passed peacefully at Carlisle Place on December 29, 2020 at the youthful age of 94.
Rose was a lifelong Bucyrus resident, born on December 1, 1926 to the late Lawrence and Margaret (Pfleiderer) Haala. She began her schooling at Holy Trinity, was a 1943 graduate of Bucyrus High School where she was the head majorette, and attended Mary Manse Women’s College in Toledo.
On December 14, 1947, Rose married Robert “Mac” Morrison and they shared 60 plus years of marriage before his passing on March 14, 2008. Rose Mary and Mac will be remembered for their love and food shared with the community during their many years of owning and operating Mac’s Drive In. It may have been called Mac’s, but Rose was considered the CEO as she did almost everything in making their family business a success. Her favorite part of the job was socializing with patrons, a characteristic, which remained with her for the rest of her life.
Rose’s entire life has been surrounded by family. She was always on the go and supported her children and grandchildren in whatever they did. She also cherished their many Sunday dinners, where she would prepare a fabulous meal, followed by fellowship and a variety of card games over their five plus hours together. Rose was a strong supporter of her husband’s teams at Leesville, Mt. Zion, and Col. Crawford until her family ties forged an allegiance back to Bucyrus where her children graduated and subsequently to Wynford to support all the grandchildren’s activities. Rose was especially proud of her husband’s accomplishments throughout his coaching and academic career. She and Mac looked forward to gathering with fellow OHSAA board members at the state basketball tournaments, where cards and socializing sometimes overshadowed basketball and they always looked forward to the annual board meetings held at various locations across the country.
Rose was one of Bucyrus’ biggest cheerleaders. She loved the Bratwurst Festival and always made sure to have her group of chairs situated in front of city hall as to have a prime spot to watch the parades. Her zest for life inspired others and she was equally inspired by many fellow citizens. She never let grass grow under her feet and lived by her daily routine which included patronizing many local restaurants and stores over many years. Whether running an errand or dining with family and friends, her ventures lasted hours as she always allowed for time to share a story in passing. Rose also possessed the gift of individual importance. Meaning when she spoke, you were the most important person in her life.
Rose was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She and Mac enjoyed many card games with friends, and she enjoyed following the Indians, Browns, Buckeyes and was especially fond of the Wynford girls’ basketball team.
Rose Mary will be missed by her children, Gary (William Chavez) Morrison, Larry (Linda) Morrison and Barb (Brian) Glowaski; daughter-in-law, Pam Morrison; grandchildren, Marin (Chokri) Sakhri, Justin Morrison, Whitney (Scott) Shelton, Nathan Glowaski, Jacob Glowaski and Tyler Glowaski; great grandchildren, Norah, Tarik and Xander Sakhri, Felix and Clara Morrison and Lou and Lena Shelton in addition to many close friends whom she adored.
At this time, Rose’s life will be celebrated privately. She will be buried next to Mac in Holy Trinity Cemetery and at some point in 2021, her family will announce plans to celebrate with the public. Donations can be made payable to either the Col. Crawford Education Foundation, where the money will be used to benefit the Mac and Rose Mary Morrison Scholarship Fund or to the Wynford Education Foundation. The gifts will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service and memories and photos are encouraged to be shared on her tribute page.