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 Minnie Myrtle <I>Seay</I> Orndorff

Minnie Myrtle Seay Orndorff

Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Death 25 Nov 1979 (aged 75)
Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
Burial Tonasket, Okanogan County, Washington, USA
Plot Plot 11, Block 2, Lot 1, Grave 2
Memorial ID 42891303 · View Source
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NAME (SP): Started spelling 'Orndoff' to 'Orndorff' believing it was the correct spelling, but not changed legally. Her husband, Algernon 'Allen' Jr. continually stayed with Orndoff. When Minnie purchased the dual headstone for her husband and her, she put 'Orndorff'.

PARENTS: John Dempsey Seay and Sarah Alice Morrison

MARRIAGE: Algernon ('Allen Jernon' Sidney) Orndoff Jr.
DATE: December 15, 1926 / Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas
CHILDREN (2): Algernon 'Sidney' Orndoff III; Sylvia Alice Orndoff

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Department of Health, Death Index, 1907-1960; 1965-2014
County: Statewide
Reference Number: 140F0107-5D7F-704D-B7C1-731D8B3C63D6
Person-Last-Name: ORNDORFF
Person-First-Name: MINNIE
Person-Mi: M
Sex: F
Residence County: Benton County
Death-Date: 11/25/1979
Age-Primary: 75

Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Social Security Death Index - Washington
County: Statewide
Last Residence Zipcode: 99336
Birth Date: 12/05/1903
Last Contact Location: KENNEWICK, WA
Lump Sum Payment Zipcode: 99336
First Name: MINNIE
Death Date: 11/00/1979

(Source: Washington State Digital Archives, Death Records)


Minnie Myrtle Seay was born December 05, 1903 to her parents, Sarah Alice (Morrison) and John Dempsey Seay in Gravette, Arkansas. Minnie was raised in a large family of ten brothers and sisters. As an adult, Minnie was always homesick for her family, and would often go to Oklahoma for extended visits with her husband and children.

Minnie married ‘Allen Jernon' Sidney (Aljernon) Orndoff, Jr. in Columbus, Kansas on December 15, 1926. They moved to Omak, Washington in 1932, as part of the Dust Bowl refugee's from Kansas relocating Allen's mother, brothers and sisters from the devastation. Later, they moved to Wenatchee.

Allen and Minnie raised two children: Allen Jernon ‘Sidney’ (Aljernon) III, and Sylvia Alice. After her husband died suddenly in 1950, she continued to make her home in Wenatchee. Minnie worked as a telephone operator for Northwest Bell Telephone Company.

Minnie was a woman of a very deep faith in the Lord, teaching her faith to her children. Minnie had a special way of make people feel warm, accepted, and safe. So relatives would come to her when they had problems.

Minnie was released from the long illness of Alzheimers and passed away three days after Thanksgiving on November 25, 1979, in Kennewick, Washington, and is buried with her husband in Tonasket, Washington. She is survived by her son, Sidney Orendoff; daughter, Sylvia (Orndorff) Prochaska; two granddaughters, Linda (Jerry) and Priscilla; and five great-grandchildren.

(A private graveside service for the family took place in Tonasket, WA. Reverend Donald Strong officiated from Kennewick, WA. In the snow, pallbearers were Sidney Orendoff, Gerald 'Jerry' Voss Jr., Dennis Prochaska, and Pastor Strong. Attending was daughter Sylvia (Orndorff) with husband Dennis Prochaska (and his children); Son Sidney with his wife Dorothy Orendoff from Orient Wash, granddaughter Linda (Orendoff) with her husband Jerry Voss and three great-grandchildren Penny, Gary and Cecilia also living in Orient, Wash.; and granddaughter Priscilla (Randy) Pringle from Kennewick, WA.)

OBIT: TriCity Herald, published November 27, 1979, page 20 (Minnie Orndorff, date of death 11/25/79)

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AUTHENTICATING SOURCE: Headstone, Tonasket Cemetery Records; owner of family plot, eyewitness and pallbearer at graveside burial.

(NOTE: Researched by Linda Orendoff Voss - This is my paternal grandmother)

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'Asleep in Jesus' Mother Minnie M. 1903 - 1979

Gravesite Details Stone restored September 2016
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  • Originally Created by: NW Mountain Man
  • Added: 9 Oct 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Minnie Myrtle Seay Orndorff (5 Dec 1903–25 Nov 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42891303, citing Tonasket Cemetery, Tonasket, Okanogan County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by WindChimes (John 3:8) (contributor 49004361) .