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Elizabeth Lee Orr passed away on October 20, 2015, at the Evergreen Hospice in Albany, Oregon. Elizabeth, known as Betty, to friends and family was born January 31, 1919, in Sheridan, Oregon, to Patricia and James Shawver.  She grew up in the Willamette Valley, graduating from South Salem High School.  She attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  Betty met her sweetheart at Linfield, they married in 1940 and began a wonderful marriage that lasted for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ray Orr.

John’s career in school administration meant that the couple lived in a variety of Oregon communities, later they settled in Ely, Nevada, where Mr. Orr was the County School Superintendent.  Betty was a wonderful homemaker, creating a lovely environment for her family.  She was an awesome cook and seamstress.  She loved to entertain friends and family.  Betty also was very artistic.  She loved painting landscapes and was a well regarded Nevada Artist in later years.  Betty also loved to write. Her stories about Oregon, Nevada, and life during the depression were very popular with friends and family.

After retirement the Orrs relocated to Albany, Oregon.  Betty came to regard Albany as her home. She loved the Victorian Homes, old buildings, and friendly people.  She enjoyed exploring Albany history and writing for the visitor’s center.  Betty also began to paint again, creating several pictures just this year.

Betty was a Member of St. Albans, Episcopal Church in Albany.  She enjoyed her many friends there and a variety of activities.  She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Albany, Chapter.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, John, her daughter, Susan Klopfer, grandson, Paul Fua and her sister, Mary Kathryn Schlag.  Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Elizabeth Lee Smith and her husband Alan of College Station, Texas, and Patricia Kathleen Fua of Ely, Nevada.  She also leaves her grandchildren, Shannon Lee Arnold of Salt Lake City, Utah, Scott Alan Smith of Gulfport, Mississippi, Barry Klopfer of Gallup, New Mexico, and James Fua of Hawaii.  She is also survived by her brother, James Shawver and wife Daisey of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  There are also 5 great granddaughters who will miss her.

A memorial Service will be held at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Ely, Nevada at a date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Ely Renaissance Society, Ely, NV.