Muriel Alta Orvis

Muriel Alta Orvis

Muriel Alta Orvis


    Muriel Alta Orvis (Farr) died on Dec. 4, 2019 at Vergennes Residential Care Home.  Muriel was born on Mar. 18, 1922 to Seymour and Leah Farr.  She grew up on Quaker Street and attended school at the Corner School in Lincoln.

    Muriel married Gordon Orvis on Mar. 30, 1940 and together they raised 3 sons in their home on Forge Hill in West Lincoln.  Muriel was a homemaker for many years, but when her youngest son could well look out for himself she went to work at Van Raalte and then to Drake & Smith where she spent 18 years and retired.

    Some of her favorite pastimes were sewing, quilting, crocheting and embroidery work.  Other things she enjoyed were playing cards, putting puzzles together and doing crossword puzzles, During retirement she liked going on bus tours with her friends and visiting the Maine Coast.

    Muriel was a loyal friend to all that she came in contact with, and always reached out to others whether it was a time of celebration or a time of tragedy by means of cards, letters or a phone call.  Her loyalty was repaid over the years by all her friends, neighbors and relatives that came to visit and spend hours talking with her, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

   Survivors of Muriel are her son Dale and his wife Dorothy of New Haven, her daughters-in-law Janet Orvis of Hinesburg and Mary Orvis-Baker of Bristol, her sister Eleanor Thompson of Lincoln, her sister-in-law Barbara Farr of South Starksboro plus many dear nephews, nieces and many close friends and neighbors.  Surviving also are 9 Grandchildren, Michael Orvis, Jeff Baker, Eric Baker, Amy Hill, Rebecca Josselyn, Jonathan Orvis, Caryn Orvis, Kristen Orvis-Salter and Jacob Orvis.  The Great Grandchildren include Hannah, Sam, Tony, Doug, Ben, Meredith, Grace, Henry, Marigold and Rachel.  One Great-Great Grandchild Mike!

    Those who predeceased her were her parents, her husband of 37 years Gordon, her eldest son Douglas, her youngest son Bradley, her brothers Rolan and Maynard Farr and her sister Norma Carr.

    There will be a Memorial Service at Burnham Hall in Lincoln on Sunday Dec. 15th at 2:00pm and then there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to share your memories and experiences of Muriel with the family and friends

    If you choose, in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to such organizations as the Burnham Hall Fund and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department. To send online condolences to her family please visit

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Cheryl Godard
4 years ago

To the Orvis and Farr Families: Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Muriel. She was a wonderful friend for so many years. The fond memories of the many dance halls, picnics beside the Lincoln rivers, card games at Burnham Hall, and the bus trips we took with Muriel are treasured moments we spent with her over the years. Muriel was an inspiration to so many and the kindness she bestowed on the Lincoln community, and beyond, is a reflection of life that many of us will never forget. She was always ready for a “spur of the moment” pizza party and had the coffee ready and waiting when we arrived.
We are grateful for her friendship. Muriel is now enjoying the beauty of Eternal Life with her friends Doris and Beulah. May you all be blessed with internal peace.
With deepest Sympathy and Friendship-Donald and Cheryl Godard

Martha Pierce Ruhl
4 years ago

My condolences to Eleanor and the rest of Muriel’s family. She sat with my mother at church and I always enjoyed seeing her when we were visiting Lincoln.

Joan Brown
4 years ago

Caryn and family I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories bring comfort to you. She sounded like a very remarkable women. Your friend in Alaska, Joan

Janet Edwards
4 years ago

So sry for your loss. we worked with both Gordon and Muriel at Drake Smith. very nice lady Bob and Janet (cyr) Edwards

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