Betty E Orth

Fe­bru­ary 19, 1928 - Jan­uary 10, 2019

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - WORLD -

Betty Eleanor (Bor­land) Orth was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Bloom­ing­ton, IN to Ray­mond Mil­ton and Ros­alie (Esarey) Bor­land. She was born into heav­enly life Jan. 10, 2019, at the age of ninety. She mar­ried Her­bert Wal­ter Orth June 12, 1948, and from this happy mar­riage four chil­dren were born: Lyn (Scott) Pat­ter­son, Terry (Chris) Belon­cik, Peter Orth, and Kurt Orth. El­lie was blessed to have six grand­chil­dren: Jeremy (Krissy) Pat­ter­son, Julie (Ken) Hughes, Eric (Patty) Orth, Tif­fany Hoff­man, Travis Hoff­man, and An­drew (Nelva) Lan­caster; and 10 great-grand­chil­dren: Lexi, Seth, Anasta­cia, De­lana, Brian, David, Jakob, Nathan, Blu and Amara. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; her only sis­ter, Pa­tri­cia Ann Bor­land Burch­field; her hus­band, Herb; and her son, Peter. El­lie grad­u­ated from Bloom­ing­ton High School in 1946 and then at­tended Pur­due Univer­sity, where she met her hus­band play­ing ping pong. She grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in home eco­nomics, and in 1972, she earned her master’s of ed­u­ca­tion (cum laude) from Cen­tral State Univer­sity in Ok­la­homa. She was a pi­o­neer in the area of learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, tu­tor­ing ini­tially at Tinker AFB, then as a teacher in Okarche and later, teach­ing pri­vately in her home. She was an ac­com­plished vi­olin­ist. Later in life, she taught her­self gui­tar and ac­cor­dion. She sang in church choirs from the time she was very young, taught the Bethel study at Our Lord’s Lutheran in OKC and loved at­tend­ing Bi­ble Stud­ies. She helped to form the con­tem­po­rary in­stru­men­tal group at St. Paul’s Lutheran in OKC while a mem­ber. El­lie helped launch Granny’s Pantry, a cloth­ing min­istry at Im­manuel Lutheran Church south of Cush­ing; and later, spear­headed the Stroud Com­mu­nity Cloth­ing Cen­ter, where she worked un­til the time of her pass­ing. Her in­ter­ests in­cluded travel, read­ing, gar­den­ing, hik­ing and moun­tain climb­ing, bird-watch­ing, sew­ing, swim­ming and square danc­ing back in the day; and of course, choco­late! Her con­stant com­pan­ion the past six years has been a wire-haired ter­rier she named Rea (which means “friend” in He­brew). This beloved pet adored her and would not leave her side. Rea, along with the rest of the fam­ily, will grieve the loss of a truly won­der­ful woman. She is de­scribed as: “A won­der­ful mother who led by ex­am­ple, truly a Proverbs 31 woman.” “What started out as a niece (Eileen) call­ing her ‘Aunt El­lie’ at church camp in the six­ties, ended in a whole gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple call­ing her ‘Aunt El­lie.’ For me, a son, she was my life part­ner. She was en­cour­ag­ing and was de­mand­ing so of­ten when I wanted to give up. Noth­ing I am or have to­day would have been pos­si­ble with­out her.” “The strong­est woman I have ever known. A true men­tor and evan­ge­list who in­vested her heart in count­less peo­ple over her life­time.” “Un­der­stand­ing, gen­er­ous, hard­work­ing, LOV­ING.” For twenty years, El­lie and Herb have been the main­stay of The Red Cup, a cof­fee shop owned by their son, Kurt, in Ok­la­homa City, and thor­oughly en­joyed the peo­ple who were a part of the Red Cup Fam­ily. This was with­out ques­tion her fa­vorite place to go for en­ter­tain­ment and food! The fam­ily wants to ac­knowl­edge the won­der­ful hos­pice ser­vices pro­vided by Physi­cians Choice of Chan­dler who served with a car­ing and sin­cere spirit! Do­na­tions may be made to La­Porte Pres­by­te­rian Church, Box 387, La­Porte, CO 80535; or to the char­ity of one’s choice. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held at The Red Cup, 3122 N. Classen Blvd., OKC, on the 16th of Feb., 2019, at 5 p.m. Ca­sual at­tire; food, bev­er­age and mem­o­ries. Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Lehman Fu­neral Home of Well­ston.

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