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Mon., June 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Three members of Idaho delegation laud Velma Morrison’s work, mourn her passing

Three members of Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation – Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson – have issued statements on the passing of Velma Morrison, lauding her support for the arts in Idaho and mourning her passing. Here are their statements:

Crapo: “One cannot travel in Idaho, especially in Boise, without noting the numerous additions Velma Morrison brought to our great state.  I join with many Idahoans today in mourning her passing while celebrating the gifts of art, philanthropy, education and leadership she bestowed on us during her long and wonderful life. I appreciate the opportunities over the years I had to meet with her, get to know her and work with her on various projects.  She was an interested, outstanding individual who contributed greatly to our state.”

Risch: “Idaho has lost a gracious and iconic lady with the passing of Velma Morrison.  She was the driving force behind many signature projects that supported the arts.  Velma leaves behind a great legacy of philanthropic support and Vicki and I salute her many years of incredible contributions that benefited the lives of so many in our state.” 

Simpson: “Velma Morrison was a pillar for Idaho and will be sorely missed. Her activism and love for theater, music and dance are abundantly apparent around the Treasure Valley and our communities are better because of her. Kathy and I send our condolences to the family and feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to have known such an amazing woman.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Butch Otter sent this tweet: "Velma Morrison's life and good works are a reflection of her love for Idaho. She was a great friend and our prayers go out to her family."

A full day later, at noon on Tuesday, 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador issued this statement: "An example to all, Velma Morrison’s rich love of the arts and philanthropic spirit will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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