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Pauline Orris

July 6, 1927 ~ May 4, 2020 (age 92)




      Pauline Wyrick Orris, 92, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.   Pauline was born on a farm north of Baldwin, Iowa the daughter of Floyd & Elizabeth Hershberger Wyrick on July 6, 1927 where she lived until she married Robert M. Orris on August 14, 1949.


      She attended school in Monmouth, Iowa for 12 years and received a state honorable mention in basketball in 1944 and valedictorian in 1945.  She attended Iowa Sate Teacher’s College for 2 years and taught elementary grades in Winthrop and LaPorte City.  She substituted in the Midland school district for several years.


     Pauline & Bob farmed on farms both north and south of Baldwin for 13 years and in 1963 moved to the farm west of Onslow.  Robert passed away on June 6, 2005.


     Pauline helped out with 4-H, church choirs, Presbyterian Women’s organization, nursing homes, Jones Co. Historical Society, and RSVP.  She was a member for over 50 years of both OES and the Altrurian Women’s club and a member of the Ever Ready Club for over 40 years.  She was on the Maquoketa Nursing Home care review committee for over 20 years.  She enjoyed the 63 card group and coffee club in Onslow as well as tending to the many berries that she grew and loved to give away.  Feeding and watching the birds at her bird feeders gave her great joy.  


     She is survived by one son, Dennis (Julie) from Center Junction; one daughter-in-law Jane Orris of Dubuque; five grandchildren Tim (Lindsay) Orris of Bettendorf, Dan Orris of Cedar Rapids, Pam (Jeff) VeDepo of North Liberty, Ray (Laura) Orris of Dubuque,  and Brittany (Giovanni) Demezier of Dyersville; great grandchildren Landon & Kaden Orris, Chelsea & McKenzie VeDepo, and Claire Demezier.  Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, son Kenneth Orris in 1987 and one sister Edith Licht in 2008.


A private graveside service will be held at Monmouth Cemetery, Iowa. Dawson Funeral Services of Wyoming are caring for the family. Memorials may be directed to Camp Wyoming in Pauline’s honor.


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