Gloria Elizabeth Orr


Gloria Elizabeth Orr, age 81, of Knoxville, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella.
Gloria was born on May 1, 1937, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and Opal (Belger) Ward. She was a graduate of Knoxville High School. Gloria later went to Marshalltown Community College and received her degree in Administrative Care.
Gloria was united in marriage to Kenneth Vernon Orr on May 23, 1968 in Des Moines, Iowa. They were blessed with seven children, Cynthia, Patricia, Carroll, Mark, Jim, Terry, and Tom. The couple moved to Knoxville in 1975 to be administrators of the Marion County Care Facility. They retired in 1996.
Gloria was an avid Iowa State Cyclones fan. She enjoyed being a season ticket holder for the football and basketball teams. Gloria was an avid reader and most of all loved being with her family. She will be missed by them all.
Visitation services was held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville, beginning at 2:00 P.M. Gloria's family was present to greet friends and relatives from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Winfield Funeral Home. Burial services followed at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. Following burial, a luncheon was held at Celebrate Community Church in Knoxville.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Cynthia (Ronald) VandeKamp of Knoxville, Mark (Patty) Orr of Knoxville, Jim Orr of Nevada, Terry Orr of Nevada, and Tom (Karri) Orr of Knoxville, 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; also many other relatives.
Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Opal (Belger) Ward; husband, Kenneth Vernon Orr; brother, Roger Allen Winslow; children Patricia Cox Orr, and Carroll Edward Orr; and grandchildren, Timothy VandeKamp, and Lane Orr.
Memorials may be given in Gloria's memory to Hospice Comfort House of Pella.
Published on April 19, 2019
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