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October 25, 2013
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Orrel Jean Walser

Age 76, died at Kadlec Hospital on Thursday, October 24, 2013, surrounded by family. Born October 11, 1937 in San Diego, California, she moved to rural Roseburg, Oregon and graduated from Roseburg High School in 1955. Orrel trained to be a cosmetologist and worked as a hairstylist in Dallas, Oregon before moving to Richland, Washington in 1961 to raise her family.

After a long period of volunteering in the emergency room, Orrel took a position at Kadlec Hospital, in the HR department, where she worked for 23 years before retiring in 1998. One of her proudest accomplishments is the recruitment of numerous wonderful nurses, many of whom are still providing care. Upon retirement, Orrel and husband Ron traveled the world, visiting dozens of countries on cruises and land tours together; she particularly loved Sidney, Australia.

Orrel was very active in the community, lending her time and energy towards nonprofit organizations, including Kiwanis, the Children’s Guild, Grace Clinic and the Tri-Cities Wine Society. She also enjoyed golf at the Meadow Springs Country Club, social and duplicate bridge groups, and participating in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed contributing to the Miss Tri-Cities organization as a chaperone for many years and later as an advisor. Orrel and her family were members of Central United Protestant Church in Richland.

Orrel is survived by her beloved husband Ron; their three children: Rhonda (Henry Jarvis), Jill and Randy, as well as grandchildren: Carolyn Jarvis, Mark Kholdinasab and Alyson Jarvis. She also leaves behind her sister Lucy, brother-in-law Joe Mesplay and nieces Jacque, Michelle and Sheri.

The funeral service will be held today Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. with one hour visitation prior to ceremony at Memories at Sunset Event Center, 915 By-Pass Highway in Richland, WA.

Memorial contributions are welcome and may be made in Orrel’s name to Tri-City Industrial Kiwanis, the Children’s Hospital Guild or Grace Clinic.

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The News-Review Updated Oct 30, 2013 10:49AM Published Nov 7, 2013 10:27AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.