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Carol Fern Carter Morrison

July 5, 1937 — June 1, 2024

North Barrington

Carol Fern Carter Morrison

Carol Fern Carter Morrison, of North Barrington, passed away June 1, 2024 at the age of 86.
Born July 5, 1937 in Sikeston, Missouri, the daughter of the late Calvin and Fern (nee Williams) Carter, Carol grew to become a woman who was fond of tennis, grand gardens, the growth of children, the beauty of mathematics, Christmas, the 4th of July, chickadees, Triscuit crackers, and exploring the complexities of manufacturing plants.  How did she become this woman?
Active as a young girl in academics and sports, she played catch with her older brother, Jerry, who went on to pitch for the University of Arizona baseball team. She followed her brother onto the campus and then into classrooms teaching all grade levels, finding 1st  grade to be her favorite.
A lover of music, she played piano and sang in the choir of her schools and her church. In fact, after meeting a young man in her church choir, she went on to be united in marriage to David Morrison, Jr., in Mesa, AZ on August 24, 1962. 
Carol and David started a family in LA, moved to NYC, then onto Kansas finally settling in Barrington, Illinois. Sons, David Evan "Daven", and Taylor Carter came along in her story as she obtained her MBA and helped found and then run Morrison Associates, Ltd with David. 
This boutique consulting firm, which began in the basement of their Topeka home, grew to support and develop senior leaders from around the world, including entrepreneurs, billionaires, and even a secretary of commerce.  Her skill was in integration of their story around success and their unique personal competing demands of work, family and self. Of all the leaders, she loved the municipal leaders most of all. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, and an MBA from the University of Kansas, Carol regularly emphasized and celebrated the academic achievements of David, her sons, grandchildren, and daughter-in law.
Carol was also a writer. Collaborating on a late arriving "holiday card" with David early in their lives together, she later, along with her son Taylor as an illustrator, took full editorial command and responsibility by the time the business was firmly settled and humming along.  Known to most of the larger friends and family, the card was anticipated after the holidays had passed. Many others knew her for her thoughtful and well written personal letters with elegant penmanship.
She loved parties with friends and family. With her birthday right after the 4th of July holiday, Carol brightened in anticipation around marching bands and fireworks. Six months later in December, when the days were short, her annual Christmas party was boisterous and fun, with wonderful food, music (caroling of course) and a special gift for guests. Most of all, the magic ingredient was the welcoming of close friends in conversation and shared memories through the years. Easter was similarly warm and welcoming to families and the arrival of spring.
Carol was a philanthropist and a proud board member of The American Horticultural Society, and a founding member of the Alpha Delta Phi sorority at the University of Arizona. Later in life, her love of music and culture turned towards the arts. For over fifteen years, she cherished the Joffrey ballet series she attended with her daughter-in-law, Jeanette.
Carol is survived by her husband, David; her sons, Daven (Jeanette) and Taylor Morrison; her grandchildren, Daniel, Henry, Carter, and Audrey Morrison. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Carter.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 4-7 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.
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Visitation

Saturday, June 15, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Lake Zurich

941 S Old Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

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Memorial Service

Saturday, June 15, 2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Lake Zurich

941 S Old Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

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