Elizabeth Adams Morrissett
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Elizabeth Adams Morrissett
  • December 13, 1938 - April 16, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Elizabeth Adams Morrissett, age 78, died on April 16, 2017 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Betty was born December 13, 1938 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to the late William Jackson Adams, Jr. and Elizabeth Whitehead Adams. She was a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Betty married Randolph Edward Morrissett, Jr. on August 12, 1961. After living in Greensboro and Raleigh, they moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1967, where they lived until 1995. They lived in Chapel Hill from 1995 to the present. She led a selfless life that was devoted to her family and friends and enriched everyone's life with whom she came in contact. Rarely did she use the word "I." Rather, it was always "How are you and what are you doing?" Consequently, she had friends from all walks of life. She loved going on walks, be it on beaches in the Carolinas or in the mountains of Virginia. She was well traveled and loved to explore on family trips. Her sweetness masked a relentless determination to see the right thing done in all situations. For instance, she would politely keep asking her children questions until the desired outcome was achieved!

Survivors include her husband; her three sons Randolph Edward Morrissett III and his wife Fritz of Southern Pines, William Adams Morrissett and his wife Lynette of Charlotte, and John Whitehead Morrissett of Erin, Wisconsin: six grandchildren: William Adams Morrissett, Jr., Leah Katherine Morrissett, Edward Ellis Morrissett, MacKenzie Elizabeth Morrissett, Jackson Kelly Morrissett, and Amy Jayne Morrissett; and her brother William Jackson Adams III, his wife Sarah of Raleigh and their daughter Emily Adams Livingston of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Betty was predeceased by her nephew William Jackson Adams IV.

There will a private burial on Friday, April 21, followed by a service at 2 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro. The family will receive friends following the service during a reception in the Haywood Duke Room at Holy Trinity. There will be a service to celebrate Betty's life on a date to be determined at the Cedars in Chapel Hill, where Betty and Ed lived.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William J. Adams IV Endowment at Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer; 2744 Seafarer Road; Arapahoe, NC 28510. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family.