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Violet R. Morrice ... Jan. 27, 1914 - June 13, 2010 - Family of Violet R. Morrice
Violet R. Morrice ... Jan. 27, 1914 - June 13, 2010
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Violet R. Morrice (Petersen) passed away June 13, 2010 at Mount Baker Care Center with her family at her side.

Violet was born on Jan. 27, 1914 in Tacoma, Wash. She is preceded in death by parents Carl and Elizabeth Petersen, son Charles Grant Jr., daughter Sharon Blake, brother Carl Petersen Jr., sister Ivy Ozeroff and grandsons Dale Grant and Charles Grant.

After graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Violet moved to Seattle and raised her three children on Queen Anne Hill. During World War II, Violet was a Civil Defense precinct operator and Grey Lady nurse, caring for the wounded as they arrived on ships from the Pacific War. Her career spanned the hotel and lumber industries and many years as an administrative assistant for the Washington State Ferry system.

Violet also lived in Juneau and Valdez, Alaska, supporting her husband's career as an executive in the maritime industry and city government. They retired on San Juan Island in 1977, making their home on Garrison Bay.

Among her many passions, Violet was an accomplished painter, which began early as a colorist for black and white photos. As president of several garden clubs, she was an award-winning floral designer and, many of her bridge club friends could attest, an avid bridge player.

Violet enjoyed the bounties of the islands, fishing for salmon and crab and creating culinary delights for the entire family. Most of all, Violet treasured her family. She was a strong and loving mother and wife.

Violet is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, William Morrice of Bellingham, daughter Marilyn Bozich of Gig Harbor, son Richard (Connie) Grant of Bellingham, grandsons John (Kari) Bozich, Jim (Melissa) Bozich, William (Lisa) Grant, granddaughter Ronia Blake, great-granddaughter Sofia Walzer Grant, great-grandson Maddox Blake, brother Edward Peterson and many loving nieces and nephews.

You may share your thoughts and memories of Violet in the online guest book at

We love you, Mom!

— Family of Violet Ruth Morrice

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