Linda Kay Orr, 78, of Peru passed away at 8:40 PM, Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the Blair Ridge Health Campus. She was born in Goshen, IN on February 27, 1942 the daughter of Ralph and Lucinda (Borne) Peterson. Linda married Michael G. Orr on August 29, 1964 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1979.
She was a 1960 graduate of Goshen High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in education from Ball State University. She retired after 40 years as a Peru Community School teacher at Lincoln and Elmwood Elementary Schools.
Linda was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church and Psi Iota Xi Sorority, spending many years in the Circus City Ticket Office. She was a talented artist specializing in oil painting. She painted for many years featuring flowers and seasonal landscapes. She enjoyed watching IU basketball when they were winning and was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan, attending her first game in 2019. She loved every minute of her grandsons’ baseball and basketball games. After retirement, Linda made new friends while volunteering at Birthright in Peru. She really liked running into former students and spending quality time with her lifelong friends.
She is survived by daughters Suzie Orr of Lafayette and Kelli Spin and her husband Joe of Peru; sons Mike Orr and his wife Cindy of Commerce, MI and Johnny Orr of Marion; grandchildren Joshua Orr, Olivia Orr, Joey Spin, and Ryan Spin; and sister Sandra Eby and her husband Rolland of Elkhart.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mick and brothers Ralph Peterson and Jack Peterson.
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Linda Orr will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the St. Charles Catholic Church, 58 W. 5th St., Peru with Rev. Adam Mauman officiating. Family and friends will gather from 5 to 7 PM, Monday, February 22, 2021 at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 PM, Monday at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held for friends and family in the late spring.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to Birthright of Peru Inc. or to the Circus City Festival Inc.
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