|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1927|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1988|
Leona Mae Orr, 60, of 209 South Park Dr., died Jan. 2, 1988 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Leona Mae Ediger Nov. 5, 1927, in McPherson, she married Jack C. Orr May 2 1964, in Hutchinson. She was a former Dillons and Cessna employee, and she was a Hutchinson resident since 1950.
She was past president of Kansas State Firefighters Auxiliary, a 25-year member of Beta Sigma Phi, a 25-year member of Women's International Bowling Congress, and past board member of Ark Valley Muscular Distrophy Association.
Survivors: husband, of the home; son, Larry Dean Smith, Arvada, Colo.; brother, Verne Ediger, Salt Lake City, Utah; and two grandchildren.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Chapel, Hutchinson, the Rev. Robert Gates. Burial will be in Hoffnungsau Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may go to the Hutchinson Art Association.
While preparations were being made for Leona's funeral, this poem was found on a note pad in her writing that clearly held special meaning to her:
Comes the Dawn
After awhile you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to understand that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head held high and your eyes wide open.
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
You learn to build your roads
On today because tomorrow's ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have
A way of falling down in midflight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul, instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure,
That you really are strong.
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...and you learn
With every goodbye you learn.
--Veronica A. Shoffstall
My sister Leona planted her own garden, and it truly decorated her soul, and the flowers she may not have been given while she lived certainly were there in abundance at her memorial service.
Peter A Ediger (1905 - 1974)
Helen Gertrude Enns Ediger (1903 - 1986)
Ronald Dean Smith (1927 - 1996)
LeRoy Russell Bartlett (1922 - 1990)
Roland Ediger (1926 - 1926)*
Leona Mae Ediger Orr (1927 - 1988)
LeRoy Gene Ediger (1930 - 1978)*
LaVonne Kay Ediger (1943 - 1943)*
Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church Cemetery
Created by: LittleDutchman
Record added: Dec 10, 2006
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