From staff reports
Lorna H. McPherson, Elizabeth City resident
Elizabeth City, N.C., died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003. She was born in Whitney, Idaho, on March 10, 1916, to the late Alvin C. and Ella Maughan Hull. Mrs. McPherson attended Utah State University where she majored in home economics and later fulfilled a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the Eastern States Mission. There she met her late husband of 49 years, Arthur Alvin McPherson, and together they were instrumental in establishing and promoting the growth of the first ward in North Carolina for the Mormon Church. She was actively involved in the auxiliaries of the church and was president of the Relief Society Women's Organization on a ward and regional level for 37 years. She and her husband served an eight-year mission in the Washington, D.C., Mormon Temple. She took great pride in her Mormon pioneer heritage, which led to her involvement in genealogy, church history and becoming a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
Mrs. McPherson is survived by four daughters, Lorna Gayle Cannon and husband Tom, Maryella McPherson, and Linda Alison McPherson, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Geraldine M. Weeks and husband Frank, of Elizabeth City, N.C.; three sons, Arthur Alvin McPherson Jr. and wife Peggy, Robert Weston McPherson and wife Sandra, all of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Oliver Lee McPherson and wife Nancy, of Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Ella H. Farnsworth of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Harold Maughan Hull of Preston, Idaho, and Russell Maughan Hull of Elizabeth City, N.C.; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Alvin C. Hull, Dean Maughan Hull, Keith Maughan Hull and Robert McCellan Hull, and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints under the direction of Bishop David Pritchard. A family burial will be held later. The family will receive friends and relatives in the church social hall immediately following the funeral service and at other times at the residence. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.twifordfh.com. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.