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Marilyn Ann (McClain) Orr

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ETOWAH-Marilyn Ann McClain Orr, age 83, of Etowah died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Elizabeth House. She was born in Saluda on July 28, 1930 to the late Blanton Garnett McClain and Lila Mae Ward McClain Morgan. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Ann Orr Clayton; and a granddaughter, Tonya Lynette Clayton of Etowah.
She was a 1948 graduate of Hendersonville High School and was employed for many years at Ecusta Paper, retiring after a successful career. She was an excellent seamstress, acquiring the skill from her grandmother. Following in her mother's footsteps, she was also a much admired homemaker and decorator, and she shared her knowledge with friends and family members of several generations.
Marilyn would have turned 84 later this month, and she was productive and active for the majority of her life, she enjoyed a lengthy retirement. She loved traveling with her husband, Marvin, who was also her best friend. Their favorite trips were to their beach house, because she loved being by the water. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she was always there for her family in sickness or time of need. She will be missed very much.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Marvin Orr; sons, Mike Orr and wife, Patsy of Cheraw, SC, Robert Orr and wife, Kathy of Franklin, NC and Eatonton, GA; her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Harry Clayton; and her brother, Charles McClain.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 11, 2014 at Etowah Baptist Church with the Reverend Brian Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Forest Cemetery in Etowah. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Elizabeth House, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or to Etowah Baptist Church, P.O. Box 326, Etowah, NC 28729.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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