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Obituary for Elise L. Orr (Davis)

Mrs. Elise L. Orr was born on June 16, 1930, in Gassaway, WV to Fred Lee Davis and Ollie Brown Davis. She was born during the Great Depression and developed a lifelong love for gardening. She enjoyed planting vegetables and flowers. Elise also learned to bake a lot of great desserts and her homemade preserves and jellies, that she enjoyed making for her family on holidays. She was always there with a helping hand.

Elise and her best friend, Betty Tinker, moved from West Virginia to Deptford, NJ in the 1950s. They rented a room from a loving couple, Joe and Eve Lux. She met Charles W. Orr, Sr. and married on July 9, 1955. He worked for Getty Oil, and she worked for an insurance company. Like most couples they had ups and downs and worked together to overcome them. They had their first child, Charles, Jr., on December 17, 1956 and their second child, Dave G. Orr on March 13, 1958. She was a loving mother who took great care of both sons. Later Elise went on to become a school bus driver for the Deptford Township School District. She took great care in making sure that all the children arrived at school safely.
Elise enjoyed family gatherings and was the family matriarch. She had 5 sisters; Mary Jane Davis, Irene Stewart, Effie O’Dell, Cora Applebee and Mamie Stout, and 2 brothers; Gerald L. Davis and David Davis. She helped her 2 brothers and sister; Gerald, David and Cora, with moving to NJ to have a better life.

Elise is survived by her sons; Charles and David, grandson Jason and his wife Elizabeth, great grandsons; Damian and Aedyn, and great granddaughter Katian. Being at her grandson’s wedding was a fulfilling happiness of life for Mother.
Elise enjoyed life and loved God.

I wish to thank all the people that helped make my mother’s last 5 years happy ones; family and neighbors, Ocean Heights Presbyterian Church, Shoprite workers in Marmora, NJ and Contact People who called daily to check in on her.

God needed a gardener to help feed the flock. He saw mother and asked her to come.

Thank you all.