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Mary Orr, 105, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport.
Born Sept. 2, 1911, in Deer Creek Township, Cass County, she was the first child and loving daughter of the late Ross and Clara Belle Harper Cree.
After her 1929 graduation from Washington Township High School, she completed Indiana University School of Nursing in 1933. She then went on to retire from nursing after 25 years at Memorial Hospital in Logansport, as well as private duty nursing.
On April 23, 1936, Mary was united in marriage with Logansport firefighter Robert Lesh "Ham" Orr at her parent's farm south of Logansport. He preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1982. Their union of 46 years was blessed with one son, Robert Cree Orr.
Mary was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who found enjoyment in family and caring for her home. She was famous for her baking and gardening, and she loved reading. Later in her life, she was an energetic traveler with family and Housewives Unlimited. She was a friend to neighbors and enjoyed her Calvary Church craft circle. Her church and Florence Nightingale Society memberships lasted over 70 years.
Mary is survived by her son and his wife Kathie, Canton, Michigan; grandsons Robert Paige Orr (Natalie DiGiorgio), London, England, and Caleb Cree Aleksandr Orr (Bianca Danieli), Singapore, Singapore; five great-grandchildren, Margot, Otto and Lupo Orr in England and Leonardo and Raffaella Orr in Singapore.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother and brothers-in-law, Lowell F. (Janet) Cree, Raymond E. (Jesse) Orr, Harry D. (Hazel) Orr, James Porter "Jack" (Eula) Orr; perhaps her best friend and sister-in-law, Edith Marie Orr (Loren) Flanegin; and many nieces and nephews.
A private burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Logansport.
Visitation will take place 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25, at the Gundrum Funeral Home at 1603 E. Broadway, Logansport, IN 46947. A memorial service, officiated by Pastor Charles Compton, will follow the visitation. A lunch will follow at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer St. in Logansport.
Memorials may be made to Emmaus Mission Center or Calvary Presbyterian Church, both in Logansport. www.gundrumcares.com.
Published on March 21, 2017
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