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Orr, Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May (Koole) Orr passed away at Extendicare Fort Macleod on April 19, 2002, at the age of 85 years. Her husband William Glen Orr predeceased her in 1989.
May was born May 15, 1916. She taught in Alberta schools for 30 years — first in a one-room schoolhouse at Longbottom, combined Grades 1 through 11 — then at schools in Orton, Nobleford, Del Bonita, Glenwood and Edmonton.
She and her husband moved to Orton in 1975 following her retirement from Grovenor school, Edmonton, where she taught the last 18 years of her career.
May was a born teacher, patient and gifted — whether it was for her school class, primary class, adult Sunday school class or her family.
After her formal years of teaching were completed and before May came to Extendicare in 1995, she devoted many years of service to the residents there.
As a young woman, May loved horseback riding, swimming, tennis and canoeing. She competed in Alberta tennis championships during her summer schools when she majored in Art at the Banff School of Fine Arts.
She was very creative and enjoyed reading, woodworking, painting, gardening with her husband, the out-of-doors and camping with her family. She particularly loved music and singing.
Elizabeth May Orr was a faithful and active member and teacher in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in Scouts, Cubs, Young Women’s, Sunday School, Primary, Music and Family History. Especially memorable were her summer camps.
May left her family a legacy of courage, quiet determination in the face of adversity, a great respect for education, a love of music and her testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
May was predeceased by her parents, Opal (Angell) in 1941 and Pieter (Koole) in 1950, both of Pearce; her sister Pearl (1996) and brother-in-law William Ritchie (1988) of Alix, Alta.; her sister Ruth (1985) and brother-in-law Ralph Jorgenson (1988) of Vancouver, B.C.
May is survived by her five children: Dennis (Morin Armstrong) of Lethbridge, Opal (Lowell Court) of Calgary, Gwenyth (Gary Goth) of Lethbridge, Peter (Judy Towill) of Fort Macleod and Walter (Brenda Mihalicz) of Lethbridge. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Fort Macleod on Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at 1 p.m. with Bishop John Whitehead officiating. Interment followed in the Orton Cemetery.

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