Marjorie E. (McDonnell) ORR
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ORR, Marjorie E. (McDonnell)

born in Toledo OH 1932 passed away in her sleep Aug. 5, 2016 in Clearwater.

Preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Porter; her siblings, Jean, Nancy, and Porter; and her dogs, Nicky, Pogo, Scoopy, Koko, and Ginger.

Survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert F. Orr; her cousin, Mae (like a sister); children, Jim (Cyndi), David "Sasha" (Gwynne), Barb (Chuck), and Tom (Tami); grandchildren, Brittany, Lacy, and Corey; and great-grandson, Bruce. As godmother, survived by Allen, Carol, and Chuck whom she deeply cherished.

Loved by decades of neighborhood children that found surprises in her "Magic Bread Drawer" for all who visited.

An accomplished artist, active member of the New Comers Club, former member of the Red Hat Club, and life long member of her Secret Pals Club.

An avid animal lover and life long Michigan Wolverine fan, Marge was also an artist at the craft of spreading joy and fun to all of those lucky enough to cross her path. She spent her ever-optimistic life teaching that all things are possible, one act of kindness can lift a soul or one creative idea can change everything.

She loved to laugh and made April Fools Day an annual family event of pranks and tricks. She had a knack for card games and reveled in the social interaction they generated with other players. As much fun to watch, as it was to play her games sparked laughter, smiles and robust bonding from everyone in the room. Despite her carefree attitude and seemingly lackadaisical strategy she won more times than she lost.

Since she was a child camping on the beach with her family, she found peace and tranquility in the sparkling waters of Lake Erie. Morning sunrises were matched only by majestic sunsets and overwhelming star filled night skies.

Most of all she was a loving wife, mom, and grandmother who carried dog treats in her purse and saw the best in everyone. She will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life for family members will be held in September at a location to be determined in Michigan.

In lieu of flowers we invite you to help us to honor her memory by spreading joy to others; a contribution to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a local dog rescue, or by planting something beautiful in a place that will bring joy to others.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 9, 2016.
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August 16, 2016
Tami and Tom...I was so very sad to hear of this sad news but know in my heart she is an angel now. She was so sweet and she will be missed. My heart is with you and the family.
Kathy Powell
August 13, 2016
August 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
M'rissa Rosenthal
August 11, 2016
Sasha and Gwynne, I am thinking of you.
CarolynRose
August 11, 2016
Dear Bob and Family,
Prayers and condolences for all of you, and your many friends in the loss of Margie! She was a very special member of our DeVilbiss High School 1950 class, and several of us have remained friends with Margie from our days at DeVeaux grade school and DHS. We have been with Margie nearly monthly as members of our Pal Gals group, whenever she was in Toledo.She was always so caring, upbeat, funny, artistic, and friendly and enjoyed life to the fullest. We will always remember and miss her for the remainder of our lives. Love, Milly (Dederman) Apardian.
Milly & Gabe Apardian
August 10, 2016
Dave, Sending you and your family my thoughts and prayers. It's so hard to lose a mother...
Andrea Stengel
August 9, 2016
From kindergarten although school in Toledo, Margie and I were pals. Visits to see her in her parents' happy home were a welcome treat for me. After I had escaped Toledo, moved to San Diego and raised my own family, summer trips back to Toledo included staying at the lake cottage and sharing crazy-goofy antics with Margie. How she managed to stay cheerful is beyond me, but nothing ever seemed to shake her cheerful outlook. I'll always think of her as the smiling-est woman I have ever known! Her spirit lives on!
Gloria Diane (Brown) Altona
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