Barbara Callicoat Morrison, 81, of Virginia Beach, passed in the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Yes, Mom, we hear you: “Damn it girls, I didn’t want any of this!”)
She went on to her next life exactly where she most wanted to be — surrounded by “Her Girls” and many beloved grandchildren, in her own home and “the most comfortable bed in the world” that she loved so much!
She was a true West Virginian, raised in Charleston by the most caring, loving and giving of parents, Dorothy Adkins and Kenneth Leon Callicoat. Not only were they her parents, but stepped in as co-parents to all of her children as well. Our family counts our blessings every day that we had the love, warmth, compassion and selflessness that surrounded us our entire lives. If there was ever a true representation of the word “giving,” it was that ever-present trio who taught us what true love and selflessness is all about.
Barbara graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology and went on to raise her family in the Ghent area of Norfolk. She then moved to Virginia Beach, where she headed the first real estate brokerage affiliated with Sotheby’s at that time, specializing in high-end properties throughout the area. After a long and distinguished career in real estate, she retired to go back to her original love of teaching at Parish Day School of Eastern Shore Chapel, where she touched the lives of many children and families during her years there.
Her love of, and dedication to, her four daughters knew no boundaries. Whatever she had to give was theirs — mostly her beautiful heart and soul, the gift of laughter and a great sense of humor. (But when that look came, everything halted!) As she always said, “We didn’t have a lot, but at least I could give you all the gift of the beach and a life by the ocean.”
Her family had the fortune of living in a quaint original beach cottage on the oceanside of 60th Street at the north end of Virginia Beach. There was no air conditioning, but instead was surrounded by a large, inviting open screened porch that held many a blue-crab-cracking and ice-cold-beer suppers after a day on the beach. (Well, beer for the adults…except for that which mysteriously and often disappeared. Hmmm…four girls and a crew of friends always in and out. Wonder where it went?)
The doors were always open and guests were always welcome. There was no such thing as a stranger in her home. Sunday dinners overflowed with family and friends coming and going. Fun, laughter and “keepin’-it-real” conversation poured from the many open doors, and the smell of good food, salty towels and suntan lotion permeated her home.
As the daughters grew and started their own lives, Barbara moved further north to 81st Street where she lived for the last 25 years before passing. Although air conditioning was finally introduced, not much else changed and that home, again, was always filled with love, laughter, great food, good conversation and family & friends.
Survived by her four daughters, Anne Johnson, Beth Wesolowski, and her husband, Paul, Ellen Van Fossen, and her husband, Tom, and Dorothy Morrison, she will always live in their hearts and continue to inspire them to be strong, independent, loving individuals. Her spirit will live on within them. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Steve Eubank, Elizabeth Demeter, Eddie Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Casey Wesolowski, Maddy Van Fossen and Michael Wesolowski; as well as a gaggle of great-grandchildren, which continues to grow! As often commented, our family was one of many women. Prior to having four daughters of her own she grew up in a family of three, all sisters. She is survived by her sister, Anne Sørhuus of Oslo, Norway; and preceded by her sister, Jane Callicoat Saluta of Charleston, West Virginia. Together they produced five nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. (Finally, boys in the family!)
Please join us for her celebration of life held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, followed by a reception at her home.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please donate on behalf of Barbara C. Morrison to the remarkable Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater, whom our family could not have gotten through this sad time without.
Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.