Karen Morison

Karen Morison passed away on May 21, 2019, at her home in Gaylord, Michigan. 

She was born on October 19, 1947 in Athens, Ohio to Weston and Alize Raven.  They settled in Caro, MI, where she grew up, eventually attending Michigan State University, part of the fourth of five consecutive generations to graduate from MSU.  She married Gavin Morison and they enjoyed some good years raising a family in Perth, Australia, Bad Axe, MI, and Petoskey, MI before they separated.

Karen loved children and dedicated her life to public education.  She served a long career as an elementary teacher and principal in Bad Axe, MI and later Petoskey, MI and served on the Petoskey School Board after her retirement, even as cancer and other aliments took their toll.  She loved the color purple and was known to wear it every day.  Karen was a fighter until the end, facing cancer bravely for the third time.

Karen is survived by her children Angus (Rachel) Morison, Holly (Larry) Stone, and Cole (Melissa Hiser) Morison; grandchildren Cheryl, Liam, Isla, Aaliyah and Willow; brother John (Cindy) Raven, sister Sally (Paul) Trisch; nieces and nephews Emily, Andrew, Josh, Jackie, Joseph, Zach, Jenna; and great-grandchildren Farrah and Kyle.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Weston and Alize Raven of Caro, MI, and her former spouse, Gavin.

A celebration of life will take place in Petoskey, Michigan July 21, 2019. Please contact the family or Nelson Funeral for more information.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your local library or elementary school in Karen’s honor, or through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


  1. Sally Trisch June 2, 2019 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I love you and I miss you, Sally

  2. Zenobia June 5, 2019 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I am very sorry for loss of your dear Karen. May the memories you shared bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  3. Carole Genson June 6, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Karen was a great person and mentor to our son.

  4. Karen Blakely June 9, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I’d like to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother, grandmother and sister.

  5. Craig Lahti July 8, 2019 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Sally & family, So sorry for your loss. May God comfort your hearts at this hard time. Craig and Brenda Lahti, Brethren, MI.

  6. Michelle Evans July 22, 2019 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Always in my heart 💗💗💗💗💗

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