A teapot in ev­ery hand

Lo­cal wo­man sur­prises friends who at­tended her 82nd birth­day party

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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.

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