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Mon., June 24, 2013, 7:23 a.m.

Velma Morrison dies at age 92

Philanthropist and patron of the arts Velma Morrison has died at the age of 92; the AP reports that she died of a heart attack. Morrison's daughter, Judyth Roberts, said Morrison was at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when she died Thursday. Several buildings around Boise — including the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on the Boise State University campus — bear evidence of her work supporting the arts. Morrison was born in Tipton, Calif. in 1920, and she moved to Boise after marrying Morrison Knudsen Co. co-founder Harry Morrison in 1959. She remained in Boise after Harry Morrison's death and worked extensively with the Harry W. Morrison Foundation to donate millions of dollars to groups across the state, including the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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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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