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LaVawn Orr, 83 - May 21, 2008


LaVawn Johnson Orr, 83, of California, formerly of Gothenburg, died Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Thousand Oaks, CA.
Memorial services were held on Friday, May 9, at the Conejo Valley Community Church in Thousand Oaks.
Orr was born May 28, 1924, at Gothenburg to Leif and Sadie Johnson. She graduated from Gothenburg High School where she had been active in band and vocal music as well as school organizations.
She attended the University of Nebraska on a scholarship, working as secretary to the minister at the Methodist Student House on campus and serving as companion to a well-known dowager, Miss Laura Ryons.
While in Lincoln, she met Harold Orr, an Air Force pilot. On, and upon her graduation, she joined him in California where he was based. They were married in 1946 and settled near Los Angeles, CA. The couple participated in the young married couples’ group at the Wilshire Methodist Church.
?Orr had lived a very active life, teaching school for five years prior to the birth of her two sons.
?After living in Northridge for 33 years, she and her husband retired to Sedona, AZ, in 1989, where she was active in the Flagstaff Symphony League and the Church of the Red Rocs and also helped form a new local chapter of PEO.
Orr became a fan of the Phoenix Suns and Diamondbacks and enjoyed the company of other retirees and neighbors, according to family members.
She and her husband moved back to California in August of 2007 to be closer to family members.
Orr was a member of the Euterpe Opera Club of Los Angeles, and was president of the Cal State Northridge Art Council. She was also an active member of a PEO chapter as well as the Northridge Methodist Church.
She was a devoted mother and made special efforts for extended family and guests, said family members.
Orr was preceded in death by: her parents, Leif and Sadie; her brothers—Paul, Wayne and Leif, Jr.
Survivors include: her husband of 61 years, Harold; her sons—Linsey (Joan) and Jon (Jean); two grandchildren—Vanessa and Ben; a sister, Marilyn McClellen.
Memorials are suggested to the Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336.

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