A teapot in every hand
Local woman surprises friends who attended her 82nd birthday party
Friends and well-wishers were both surprised and pleased with what took place following a recent birthday party for Lillian Orr.
“It was really pretty neat,” explained Cynthia Burris, of Truro. “ ere we were, celebrating Lill’s birthday and after we had eaten and had cake, Lill gives everyone a gift of a lovely teapot with owers inside. I think it makes for quite a story; it was a real surprise, a real happy occasion and everyone left with a teapot.”
Another friend, Nancy Mydean of Truro, found it all very interesting.
“We were all astonished – we couldn’t believe it when Lillian gave each of us a gift,” she said. “It was a good idea, and everyone was really happy to be receiving a teapot. ere was a lot of laughter and talk about the uniqueness of the teapots. To add to it, Sonja had real owers in each teapot. It was quite a sight as everyone left carrying a teapot.”
Mydean, a close friend of Orr’s for 40 years, helped organize the late September birthday celebration.
“Lillian’s daughter Sonja decided to have an 82nd birthday party for her mother at her Bible Hill home. My main job was to telephone Lillian’s friends and to help get everyone together. e highlight of the day was Lillian giving her cherished teapot collection away to her close friends. e party was done potluck-style; there was lots of food for everyone, 15 people attended.”
Orr said she began to collect teapots about 10 years ago.
“My collection was around 52 teapots,” said Orr. “I had teapots from Winnipeg, Prince Edward Island, Halifax, the Truro area and from all over. What possibly got me interested, years ago, the teapot was put on the stove and it was left on the stove all day.”
Orr further explained the teapot was almost a sign of friendliness, a welcoming sight to people visiting a home.
“ is always caught my interest, I guess my interest just kept growing in teapots. e other day, my daughter Sonja asked me what I was going to do with all the teapots I had collected? Sonja suggested we give them out to my friends at my birthday. Sonja got real owers to put in enough teapots for everyone. When we gave them out after the meal, we used a draw format to make it more interesting. Whoever had their name drawn rst had rst pick. It really turned into a lot of fun.”
As a young person, Orr (nee Johnson) attended school in Hilden and Truro where she lived with her family.
“We attended the Salvation Army Church,” Orr recalled. “I went to music camp nearly every summer. My mother always made certain there was enough money to go. Music has been important to me all my life, it still is.”
In more recent years, Orr, well known in the Truro area, was in- volved with the Disabled Consumers Society of Colchester County for more than 30 years.
Her husband Raleigh Orr had muscular dystrophy; he passed away in 2004.
Still a passionate worker with the Salvation Army in Truro, Orr donates time to make greeting cards and all occasion cards. She is also involved in Bible study.
“ e Salvation Army helps keep ‘granny’ o the street,” Orr said with a smile.
“I have been involved with the Salvation Army all my life; I’ve always loved reaching out to people, doing something for someone else, it makes you feel good. If someone is hungry, there is nothing more satisfying than helping provide a meal for them.”
Barb Lindsay described Orr in these words.
“I met Lill quite a number of years ago at a Salvation Army summer camp. Lill has always been a very kind person, she enjoys reaching out and doing things for other people.”
Mydean said Orr is a good listener, and they often talk things over.
“Lillian cares about her friends and their wellbeing; she is considerate to everyone she comes in contact with. I nd that Lillian’s family is an important part of her life. Lillian and I have had a long and wonderful friendship.”
Orr, who resides in Bible Hill, has a daughter and a son, two granddaughters and two grandsons as well as two great-granddaughters.
Enjoying a recent birthday celebration were, from left, Maurine Courage, sylvia Mcnutt, Anne Hill, and Lillian Orr. Bill Hill, Cynthia Burris
Lillian Orr holds one of the many teapots she has collected over the years.