Cheryle Carleen Orr (McDonald)
Cheryle Carleen Orr passed peacefully in her sleep on January 21, 2021, at her loving daughter Julie Zulch's home in Novi, MI closing her nearly 50-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Cheryle has lived in Michigan since 2014 under the loving care of daughter Julie, Julie's husband Tom Zulch, grandchildren Megan Breedlove (Bryan), Kayla Pentecost, Jennifer Pentecost, great-grandson Rhett Suarez (Megan) and step great-daughter Zoey Breedlove with the assistance of dogs Trixie, who passed in June, and Mazie.
Cheryle is also survived by son Greg Orr and wife Kara, grandchildren Molly (Daniel) Pickett and Amanda (Zane) Hafeman. She is survived by daughter Karla Comfort, grandson Jacob Comfort and great-granddaughter Kaycee Bell Comfort. Karla's sons, US Marine Lance Corporal John Holmason, in the service of our Country, and Joshua Comfort, Kaycee Bell's loving father, predeceased Cheryle.
Cheryle was predeceased by her father Ira Herbert "Spud" McDonald and mother Florence Evelyne McDonald as well as brothers Jerry and Gary McDonald. She is survived by adoptive siblings Jimmy McDonald and Tammy Schultz.
Cheryle was born on October 25, 1945, in Vanport, Oregon. Vanport was destroyed in a flood when Cheryle was a child and the family moved to Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington before settling down in Scappoose, Oregon. Cheryle was a 1963 graduate of Scappoose High School and married John Alan Orr after high school.
Cheryle and her husband had several businesses and raised their children in Scappoose. The couple divorced and Cheryle traveled for a time in Noatak, Alaska. She lived in Pahrump and Beatty, Nevada near Death Valley before returning for a short time to Scappoose and then heading to Michigan with her daughter Julie.
Cheryle was diagnosed with MS near her 26th birthday but never let that slow her down. She was an MS spokesperson and advocate helping many people understand and live with the uncurable disease. Cheryle championed the MS diet of Dr. Roy Swank for allowing her to live a long and spirited life.
Cheryle loved riding horses and outdoor activities when she was able. She loved eagles in Alaska and the deserts of Nevada. She regularly attended Beatty High School games in Nevada where everyone knew Ms. Cheryle. She loved all kinds of animals specially feeding the birds, squirrels, raccoons and though she would deny it, Julie's dog Trixie.
In Michigan, Julie's unstoppable care greatly enhanced Cheryle's life. Big Grandma, as she was known, continued to be active playing cards and games, always able to roll a Yahtzee. Cheryle loved boat rides around the lake with Julie's family. A highlight was watching fireworks from the boat with her longtime best friend Nancy Hudson and Nancy's girls who visited from Oregon. Cheryle loved holidays and birthdays never turning down a beer, wine or a cocktail. Her ability to down a beer through a straw was unmatched by anyone!
Julie's daughters, Megan, Kayla, and Jennifer, always included Big Grandma in any visit with their friends. Cheryle loved to listen to music and watch TV. Nothing was better than great-grandson Rhett's visits always ending in a hug.
Cheryle was a spirited, never give up person that will be greatly missed by family, friends, and all that knew her.