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Orr, Gwendolyn Jean

Born: Dec 23, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 16, 2021

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ORR: Gwendolyn Jean Orr (White) December 23, 1929 - August 16, 2021. Gwen passed away on August 16, 2021 at the age of 91 years, at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home. Gwen was born December 23, 1929 to Elsie and Gordon White. Gwen was the middle sister to, Majorie (Rudi), Faye (Bill). She attended school in the Lyleton area. Going to school daily driving the horse and buggy with hot rocks for warmth. School came very easy for Gwen. Graduating from high school at an early age, she then entered the business world working in the Royal Bank at Melita until 1948. Gwen decided that nursing was going to be a career path. She spent four years in Winnipeg training at the Misericordia Hospital. In 1951 she graduated as a registered nurse. If you knew Gwen, you would understand that the nursing profession never left Gwen. After graduation Gwen ventured to Minnedosa where she resided until her passing.
In the early 1950's she meet Don Orr. They were married September 4, 1954. They had four children. Gordon, Baby Orr, Sharon, Jack. Gwen's only granddaughter Courtney Orr was the love of her life. Gwen was very involved with the community especially with the Minnedosa United Church. As a young girl Gwen spent many hours bird watching and hunting for their nests, and cats coming into her yard was always frowned upon. Gardening was a greater passion, many of hours were spent in her yard. Sports interested Gwen, an avid curler and later in life took up the game of golf, enjoying the social aspect of the game more than the game itself. Besides her family, Gwen is survived by Gordon and wife Sandra , Jack and daughter Courtney, sisters Majorie and Faye. Gwen was predeceased by her parents Gordon in 1975, mother Elsie in 1990, children Baby Orr 1956, Sharon 1958 and Don 1994. A private family funeral will be held. A video will be posted following the service at Memorial donations may be made to Minnedosa Foundation or charity of your choice. White's Funeral Home, Minnedosa, in care of arrangements.

When I must leave you
for awhile
please do not grieve
and shed wild tears and,
hug your sorrow to throughout out the years.
But start out bravely
with a gallant smile
and for my sake
and in my name live on
and do all things the same.
Feed not your loneliness
on empty days,
but fill each waking hour
in useful ways.
Reach out your hand
in comfort and cheer and
I in turn will comfort you
and hold you near.
And never, never
be afraid to die
for I am waiting for you
in the sky.

By Helen Steiner - Rice

As published in Brandon Sun on Aug 21, 2021

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