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Idaho State Journal, 03/10/06
MONTPELIER — Melba Mae King Orr, 87, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the Bear
Lake Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility following a few day’s stay.
She was born September 1, 1918, in Georgetown, Idaho, to Wilford and Margaret Hayes King.
She married Arlow Calvin Orr on Oct. 19, 1937, in the Logan LDS Temple in Logan, Utah.
They were later divorced, but to this union four children were born. She attended school
at Georgetown and excelled in her studies. She loved school and wanted to be a teacher. To
earn money during the Depression, as a teenager, she worked at the Georgetown schools in a
government-sponsored program called the Youth Program Administration.
She was a self-taught seamstress. She had a natural talent with sewing that started at
a young age when she was so small she had to stand up to reach the sewing machine. As an
adult she worked at the Schmid Cleaners as a seamstress until they closed, and then
continued to do sewing at her home. In her 70s she started a new career with the United
States Forest Service doing office work until she retired.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and served
willingly and faithfully in her various callings. She was a visiting teacher for many
years, was the cultural refinement teacher, secretary in the Primary and the Young
Women’s, teacher in the junior Sunday school, and taught in the Primary.
Primary was her favorite calling, and she loved being with and teaching the children.
She taught in the junior Sunday school and Primary for over 50 years, but due to ill
health following a stroke she had to give up that calling.
She was an example of service and was always willing to help others, no matter what the
need was. She was a remarkable person and will be greatly missed.
Mae is survived by four children, Glenn A. (Carol) of Pocatello, Linda Orr Garner of
Soda Springs, Alan K. (Cheri) of Bancroft, and Eileen (Craig) Bunn of Montpelier; 17
grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her parents, two sisters, Creva King Dunn and Lucile King Smith, one brother
Arvil King, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13, at 11 a.m. in the Montpelier Second
Ward Chapel where friends may visit with family that morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45
a.m. The interment will be in the Georgetown Cemetery, with services under the direction
of Matthews Mortuary of Montpelier.