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.
Published in Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 9, 2016.