Doris Marie Bennett Orr passed away peacefully on May 26, 2019 at the age of 90. She had
been born on October 23, 1928 in Bryson, Texas to Johnie Loreen Parrish Bennett and Floyd
Doris followed her childhood calling to be a teacher, and in 1954, she began her ministry as a
missionary in Angola, Africa, where she made lifelong friends and changed the lives of many
individuals, teaching and spreading the love of God to everyone around her. She continued to
touch more lives as she returned to her home state of Texas, teaching for four decades and
serving in the Methodist church as a devoted member.
In 1960 Doris met Harold Dean Orr in the library at Texas Christian University, where Harold
was studying Theology to become a Methodist pastor and Doris was earning a master's degree
in counseling. The two formed a loving bond and exchanged vows of marriage on December 21,
1961, thus beginning 50 happy years of marriage. They were blessed with two children-Glen
Curtis Orr, who was born October 25, 1963, and Mary Kathleen Orr, born January 31, 1967. Glen
married Karen White on December 1, 1990, and Mary married Cade Coldren on January 5, 1991.
Harold and Doris were also blessed with five grandchildren, Callie, Sarah, and Austin Orr, and
Ethan and Miranda Coldren.
After retiring in 1993 in Bastrop Texas, Doris and Harold enjoyed opportunities to preach and
serve the Winchester United Methodist Church and Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, as well
as the First United Methodist church in Bastrop. Doris volunteered frequently in the schools, she
and Harold taught Sunday school, and they still found time to travel often to Cypress, Texas to visit
Glen and his family, as well as to Fort Collins, Colorado to visit Mary and her family. Doris and
Harold enjoyed these precious visits with their beloved children and grandchildren for as long as
they were physically able to travel, as being with family was one of the most important things to them.
After years of struggling with Alzheimer's, Doris was finally free as she passed away in Loveland,
Colorado with her two children and one grandchild nearby, joining her husband Harold again after
eight years apart.
Preceding Doris in death are her husband, Harold Dean Orr, and her mother, Johnie Loreen Bennett.
She is survived by her older sister Melba Kirkpatrick and her brother-in-law Bill Kirkpatrick, as well as
her two children, their spouses, and five grandchildren.