Maureen Ann ORNDORFF
May 1, 1933 – May 9, 2020
Maureen Ann (Quill) Orndorff was born May 1, 1933 to her parents Madeline and Thomas Quill in Washington, D.C. She died on May 9, 2020 at Alexandria Inova Hospital. Survivors include husband, Richard Orndorff Sr.; 2 children, Mari Jo McDonald (Edward) and Richard Orndorff Jr. (Susan); 7 grandchildren, Edward McDonald Jr., Lindsay Meesak Orndorff (Brandon Meesak), Kelly Dunwoody (John), Sean Orndorff, Mark McDonald, Brian McDonald, and Lauren McDonald; 2 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Brooklyn Dunwoody; sisters Kathleen Lee and Carol Quill; brothers Terrance Quill and John Quill; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Madeline and Thomas Quill; sisters Mildred Watson, Mary Wilson, Jo Ann Bennett; brothers Brian Quill, Patrick Quill, Thomas Quill Jr., and Michael Quill.
Maureen was born and raised in Washington D.C. before moving to Virginia in 1963. She was a full-time mother and spent her career in the federal government. Throughout her 67 year marriage to Richard, wherever he sang or performed, Maureen was there in the front row as his number one fan. Together, they attended Church of the Nativity for as long as they were able. Maureen took pleasure in “doing her numbers,” feet up on the recliner, furiously scribbling in her notebook during The Price is Right. Family lore has it that Maureen picked the right lotto combination once but didn’t turn in the card because she attended her grandson’s baseball game. Yet she always maintained she made the right decision and wouldn’t have changed a thing. Maureen understood that the greatest gift in life was not material goods but unconditional love. She spoiled her family and friends with all she had to give.
Maureen had a bottomless well of childhood tales growing up with eleven siblings in the midst of The Great Depression. Her grandchildren would beg her to re-tell them on road trips or at family gatherings like a jukebox of greatest hits. She would inevitably interrupt herself in the middle of her stories, unable to form the words as tears of infectious laughter streamed down her cheeks. When she wasn’t leaving her audience in stitches, she was busy filling their bellies. She loved to cook for family but none of her dishes was more beloved than “Grandma’s Dip.” Access to the addictive appetizer created fierce competition, but she was always happy to make more. When family were separated by thousands of miles, she would call them up and walk them through the recipe step-by-step just so they could have a taste.
Maureen will be remembered by all who knew her for her compassion, integrity, faith, perseverance, and joyful spirit. Anyone who had the fortune to call her friend, wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, or great-grandmother came away a better person because of their relationship to her. Though she is missed, she won’t soon be forgotten.
We will carry you in our hearts and memories for the rest of our lives.
A funeral mass will be held May 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Jude's Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, VA, Private interment to follow at Quantico National Cemetary. The family asks that charitable donations be made in Maureen’s honor to the American Stroke Foundation or Little Sisters of the Poor.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Maureen Ann ORNDORFF
May 26, 2020
She was the most caring and supportive Grandma always full of encouraging words. She always said to do whatever makes you happy in life and never to worry about what anyone else thinks. She loved her great-grandchildren so much and was so special to them. Her smile and constant laughter will be truly missed but her loving spirit will live on through us forever.
May 16, 2020
To my beautiful Aunt Maureen. You and Uncle Dick were right there by my side when I lost my beautiful Mom. I felt lost and empty, but you always made me feel that you would be there for me no matter what I needed. You both always embraced my Crazy and laughed right along with me and always seemed to understand. You made me feel like you truly cared. I hope you have found Mary and Don and that you are all looking down on us.