, Gloucester, MA

March 18, 2013

Helen P. Orre, 90

Rockport, MA — Helen Perham Orre, wife of Douglas L. Orre of Rockport, died suddenly at their Forest Street home on March 16 from heart failure at the age of 90.

Helen traveled widely with her husband during his 25 years as a Federal Reserve examiner and spent some time in nearly every state in the country. After Douglas retired in 1982, they settled in Rockport to be near her sister, Mary Robbins Murphy, who predeceased Helen in 2008. Helen attended the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Rockport and has many friends there. She enjoyed participating in the Women’s Fellowship and for many years co-managed the annual Art Mart and baked goods table at the Church fairs. Helen, alongside her sister, was a lifelong watercolor painter, trained first by their artist father and then in the studio of Polly Nordell of Boston. Helen faithfully attended painting classes with the AARP Art Group in Rockport, where she will also be missed.

She is survived by her loving husband Douglas and nieces Beverly Robbins of Rockport and Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester, and their children, Matthew MacLellan, Robin Menzies, Anna MacLellan, and Lara Lepionka, and grandchildren Willa and Bea Brosnihan, Ali MacLellan, and Ewan Menzies. She is also survived by her nephews and nieces Arthur Perham of Saugus, Joanne Perham of Merrimack, NH, Leslie Perham of Derry, NH, and Robert Perham of Marblehead.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the First Congregational Church, Rockport, on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. A visiting hour will precede the funeral service on Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Burgess and Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main Street, Rockport. Everyone is cordially invited to stay for a reception at the Church after the service. Following a private burial in Beech Grove Cemetery, Helen’s family will return to the reception to celebrate with Helen’s friends her long and happy life.

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