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Lydie Louise Orr


1936 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
HENDERSONVILLE- Lydie Louise Orr, 77 passed away Friday, October 18, 2013 at Pardee Hospital Hendersonville, N.C. after four days in Intensive Care. Her husband Bill, with 57 years of married bliss, and sons Mark J. of Atlanta and Brett W. of Dallas, and Mark's fiancée Norma and granddaughter Marina were at her side.
Louise was born on May 23, 1936 in Rockville Center, New York to D. Gerard and Janet Sanders DeMott.
She was the youngest of 4 children, two sisters, Janet, and Georgia with a brother Ben.
Louise attended the schools in Westbury and went to Cathedral School of Saint Mary in Garden City, N.Y. graduating in 1953.
Louise had always been interested in the piano and attended the MacIntosh Music School in Rockville Center, in a building constructed by her Dad.
She attended Salem College for a year, and her interest in the piano led her to attend the Conservatory in Florence, Italy for several years to further her music. She returned to her home in Westbury, to learn that her mother and Bill had become friendly at church. This led to the introduction of Louise to William Orr, who at that time was a sophomore at Norwich University, a Military School, in Northfield, VT. For William it was love at first sight, with a proposal shortly after. They married on June 16, 1956 and immediately left for Fort Knox, KY the Armor School for Bill's summer training. In September of that year they returned to Norwich for Bill's last year. They moved into the vet's housing at the University.
Upon graduation they again returned to Fort Knox, as a 2nd Lieutenant, for further training and assignment. Bill spent some time at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was a member of the New York State National Guard.
They bought their first home in Patchogue, Long island and spent the next 33 years there. Louise taught piano in the home to a wide and expanding age levels of elementary thru high school students, and adults. She played the piano and later the organ for the Sunday and Wednesday services at the Christian Science Church. Louise was a wonderful mother, wife and an accomplished homemaker and cook. In later years she scaled back the teaching of piano and became very involved with a dear friend in the Color Me Beautiful approach, but with their own very successful spin.
While living in New York Louise enjoyed tennis, camping and travel.
Louise and Bill moved to Hendersonville, N.C upon his retirement in 1993 and bought a home in the Tamarac Community. Both Louise and Bill took up golf and joined the Hendersonville Country Club. Louise played with the Nine Hole Woman's league and served as their President during 2005 and 2006. She always referred to the members as her "golf buddies."
Louise joined the First Church of Christ, Scientist and over the years served as pianist, and both First and Second Reader as well as Chairman of the Board and in several other capacities.
We moved to the Oaks in 2004. She enjoyed setting up our new home and being with the other residents. Louise loved the view from our back deck and we spent many hours there in the months before her death.
Memorial service will be at noon Saturday, November 16th at Thos. Shepherd and Son Church Street Chapel. Louise chose to be cremated.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to United Way of Hendersonville in memory of Louise Orr.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Nov. 6, 2013
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