Barbara's Story

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Barbara Ann Orloff, 85, formerly of Lockport, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Huntsville, TX on the morning of Sunday, April 23, 2017, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. She donated her body to the University of Texas Medical School in Houston for medical research and will be inurned at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Huntsville. Barbara moved to Huntsville in 2007 from Denton, TX to be close to family and grandchildren after the death of her husband.
Barbara was born on March 21, 1932 in Charlotte, NC with her identical twin sister, Betty Boyd, to parents Elma Mae Crutchfield Gwynn and Price H. Gwynn, Jr. She grew up in North Carolina, but then moved to Pennsylvania where she graduated from Ambler High School in 1950. Barbara was a life-long Christian being raised in the Presbyterian faith and continuing as a Presbyterian until she went to be with the Lord. She was a physical education major at The College of Wooster in Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. Barbara obtained her Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in Durham, NC in 1956. While working as a physical therapist in Florida, Barbara met a young Air Force officer named Ivan 'Ike' Orloff in church and they were married on December 27, 1962 in Laurinburg, NC. They moved to Lockport, NY, in 1964 where Ike became the associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church and they raised their three daughters, Carol, Kathy, and Karen near Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal. In 1984, Barbara and Ike moved their family to Denton, TX when Ike became the campus minister for University of North Texas and Texas Women's University. Barbara was proud to be a stay-at-home mom and faithful pastor's wife over many years, assisting actively in Ike's ministry, going on church mission trips, and opening up her home to church groups for fellowship and dinners. She was a dedicated volunteer in organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Hospice Care, and the Denton Christian Preschool. In 1990, Barbara, Ike, and their youngest daughter, Karen, served as Christian missionaries for six months in Lahore, Pakistan.
While in Denton from 1984 - 2007, Barbara and her family were members of First Presbyterian Church and later Trinity Presbyterian Church. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling and camping with their little Casita travel trailer. For many years, Barbara was the co-owner with her twin sister of a summer camp for younger children, Camp Gwynn Valley, in Brevard, NC that was founded by her aunt, Mary Gwynn, in 1935. The camp was operated by Barbara's twin sister and her husband and Barbara's family would visit camp in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains every summer. A special family reunion was held at Gwynn Valley for Barbara and her twin sister's 70th birthday back in 2002. Gwynn Valley continues to enrich children's lives today and Barbara's daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Will Durham; and her grandchildren, Gwynn and Luke, have attended and worked at the camp every summer for many years. Barbara recently got to visit the camp at the age of 84 while on a trip with her oldest daughter Carol last summer. Gwynn Valley was and will always be a very special place to Barbara and her family.
At the time of her death, Barbara was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Texas where she enjoyed singing in the choir and attending her Sunday school class. She was involved in many activities with her friends and staff at Carriage Inn for the last 10 years. Barbara loved living there, attending musicals and plays, playing bingo, poker, and bridge, and being involved in parties and special occasions. She also enjoyed the painting classes and leading an exercise class.
Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Will Durham of Huntsville; daughter and son-in-law, Carol Orloff Vazquez Delgado and Alejandro Vazquez Delgado of Garland, Texas; daughter, Karen Orloff, of Austin, TX; twin sister, Betty Boyd, of Winter Park, Florida; older brother, Price Gwynn III, of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Gwynn and Luke Durham of Huntsville; and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, Price and Elma Gwynn; and her husband, Rev. Ivan Orloff.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, the American Cancer Society, and the Camp Gwynn Valley Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank Barbara's caretakers over the last 2 months of her life from Consider the Lilies and Kindred Hospice Care, the staff and residents at Carriage Inn, and her physicians. You are all very special people to Barbara and her family.
A Memorial Service and celebration of Barbara's life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville at 1801-19th Street on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM officiated by the Rev. Tom Edwards with a reception afterwards in the church fellowship hall.
Published on April 28, 2017
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