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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: The Angel of McCurtain
By Linora Moore


Unsung Hero
The Angel of McCurtain

There are many unsung heroes in this day and age. Heroes of the faith are certainly among the top. There are very few believers who can come close to the perfection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Yet there is a remnant, so exceptional in living out their faith that they deserve to be recognized. I met one such hero several years ago as my children and I went to stay for a while with my parents in eastern Oklahoma.

While at the preacher’s house one day I met this precious woman. Mrs. Ethel Orr. I soon became acquainted with this delightful soul, who at that time was 81 years of age.

A retired school teacher, Mrs. Orr knew most of the town residents and had taught many. She was a widow when I met her. But with a slight hump in her back her long hair braided and rolled into a neat little bun, in her sensible shoes, and usually in her dress and apron Ethel Orr was a friend to the lonely, sick, hurting, down trodden. She cared for her brother who seemed to have more than one disability. She cleaned the home of her children, her brother and occasionally for friends or neighbors. She maintained a lush vegetable garden, which she generously shared with the community. She cooked and carried food to sick people she’d been aware of. Mrs. Orr even baked birthday cakes for many. She drove many less able elderly to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or whatever the need of the individual. She even hauled fresh spring water, from a local spring, by the gallons.

Mrs. Orr did none of these things because she had to. She just did for others out of the genuine love of her heart and for her precious Savior. Occasionally she would do something because she’d been asked. Unless she was in no way able to do what she was asked would she refuse any request, and then only with profuse apologies.

This angel was a prayer warrior. She prayed without ceasing, for all she knew and some she didn’t. She would carry a station wagon load of lost and needy children (and sometimes whole families) to Sunday school and church services weekly without fail. Many a McCurtain soul has been won to Jesus through the daily life and witness of Mrs. Orr.

I never heard a discouraging word cross her lips. Nor was there an ounce of disrespect for others within her. Mrs. Orr was dear to every community pastor. No one visitor would leave her house empty handed. As guests left her home she would insist on giving something to them, whether food or material things.

My family and I were recipients of her love and bountiful generosity. I believe it impossible for any earthly being could be more generous and giving other than God. I know I have never been witness to one so unselfish, more loving, or humble. I find it amazing that any woman could live up to the standard of the virtuous Proverbs 31 woman at any age, yet she at 81 and beyond continued to walk an exemplary steadfast path of virtue and faith.

McCurtain, Oklahoma has been blessed by having this woman in their midst. Some call her “grandma” others call her “the Angel of McCurtain.” Yet she is above the angels. I fully expect to go there one day and see a memorial to Ethel Orr bearing the title of the “Angel of McCurtain.”

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Donna Powers 12/15/06
Wow ... I can see her clearly and you made me wish I'd known her. A wonderful tribute that touched my heart. This precious saint truly touched many lives. Good work