Merle Orr

Merle M. Orr

Friday, January 7th, 1927 - Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Merle M. Orr
January 7, 1927 - June 16, 2020

Merle M. Orr left this earth on the afternoon of June 16 at Evergreen Nursing Home. She was born on January 7, 1927, in Alamosa to Mural J. "Bud" Nissen and Helen Fackler Nissen.

She spent most of her life in Alamosa with the exception of some time in San Francisco during World War II. The days spent in San Francisco were some of Merle's best memories. She returned home and graduated from Alamosa High School in 1945. It was during that time in high school that she first laid eyes on a young athlete and student named Spud Orr. The two were married on March 16, 1946, a union that lasted 58 years until his death in 2004.

Two children were born to this union; a son, Lawrence G. "Hoot" Orr, and a daughter, Rebecca.

When Rebecca started first grade, Merle enrolled in Adams State College, taking a few classes each quarter. Eight years later, when her son graduated from high school in 1965, Merle graduated from ASC with a BA in education. She began her teaching career the next fall at Monte Vista High School teaching business classes. Along with teaching, she began working on her masters at ASC; and when her daughter graduated from high school in 1969, Merle received her masters' degree.

In the early 80's, both she and her husband retired and began spending the winters in Mesa, Arizona, and the rest of the year in Alamosa. Those were happy, relaxing days for both.

Family always came first for Merle; and she leaves her daughter, Rebecca (Russell) Seymour of Angel Fire NM, her granddaughter, Stacey (Eric) Crouser of Highlands Ranch CO, and her grandson, Rusty (Brooke) Seymour of Sacramento CA. She is also survived by four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence E. "Spud" Orr, and her son, Lawrence G. "Hoot" Orr.

Cremation has been chosen, and a graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lawrence E. "Spud" Orr Scholarship Fund at Adams State University.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Alamosa Cemetery
    2150 State Ave.
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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  • Interment

    City of Alamosa Cemetery
    2200 State Avenue
    Alamosa, CO 81101
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Kally Sheeley

Posted at 02:59pm
My you RIP you have been a blessing to many. Let them be blessed in their time of sorrow.

Connie Spencer

Posted at 06:05am
Oh my dear friend. MERLIE MAE. It was sooo time for you to go, but it's sooo hard to turn loose of such a precious friend of more than 50 years. It's comforting to know that "Spuddie" and "Hootie" were anxiously awaiting your arrival, "Mrs. Orr."
Precious and few are friendships like we had with the "Orr House." We worked together, played together, ate together, drank a little beer together, laughed, cried, celebrated, admired and respected each other. It was a life of bliss with a few blisters!
Call some of that fate, or could it have been God's plan? Whatever it was. It was wonderful! Everyone should be so lucky.
I wish you fields of gardenias, pans of delicious cabbage rolls, a warm heart full of love and QVC!
Thanks for the memories, Merlie. I miss you already and you're hardly even gone!
Connie, aka Koonie Loonie, aka Fannie Fondue

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