Erica Morrison, 97

April 27, 2023

Erica Morrison was perhaps best known around Concord for her 1940s-era bicycle, which she pedaled pretty much everywhere.

Born Cunera Erica vanWassenaer near Cambridge, England, on November 18, 1925, to Godfried and Sylvia vanWassenaer, she was raised by her Dutch parents primarily in the Netherlands. She survived the Nazi occupation of Holland in World War II, and at one point smuggled food for her family across the country on her bicycle

She came to Canada and then to the US in the aftermath of World War II and married Alva Morrison of Cambridge In 1953. The couple settled in Concord in 1957. Alva passed away in 2006.

Erica survived Hurricane Carol in 1954 during which she had to be evacuated, with babe in arms, because of a massive storm surge. As her children grew, Erica returned to college and earned a degree in Social Work from the University of Massachusetts. Erica and her husband traveled the world together, reveling in nature and the outdoors. Erica was a member of the First Parish Church Choir and the Concord League of Women Voters both for more than 50 years.

She is survived by five children: Sylvia Morrison of Medford, Alva Morrison III of Dixon, New Mexico, Abigail Morrison of Rockland, Maine, Christine Morrison/Bey and her husband Christopher of Vallecito, California, and Virginia Morrison/Khan and her husband Azmat of Belmont, and six grandchildren: Orion Morrison/Worrell of Medford, Sarah Morrison/Bey of Mullumbimby, Australia, Aspen Morrison/Bey of Haydenville, Aliya Khan of Belmont, Nathan Worrell of Allston, and Iman Homko of Ohio.

The memorial service is May 4 at 2 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Concord.