Elizabeth
Orchard, Elizabeth Noella, a 35 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in Torrance after a long battle with diabetes. Born in Belfast, N. Ireland, Elizabeth was 75 when she died. She is survived by three children, all Mira Costa graduates: Ruth (Ron) Barker of Paso Robles, CA; Jane (Mike) Foster of Savannah GA; and Michael (Christin) Orchard of Redondo Beach; and four grandchildren: Amanda, Bryan, Kevin, and Christopher. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 45 years, Ronald; and son Richard. The Service will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery Chapel in Redondo Beach on Monday April 21, 2008 at 1pm. Burial will follow at the Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. Betty you will be missed by your family and many friends, especially here in England. It was always good to chat to you and although the miles have made it difficult to meet, we will never forget you or your good humour , even during your later years when you did not have the best of health. Your battle against your diabetes, and the many visits to dialysis, did nothing to lessen your friendship and personality which shone like a light until the very end. God bless = and sleep well – Betty – until we meet again. Al our love and thanks for the many good memories – Maureen, Ray, and Maureen’s sons, Roy, Dean, Nicholas, Jayson, Zachary, and their families.

  2. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered, “Come to me.” With tearful eye we watch you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. We will miss you, Mom, but know you are back home in heaven with your beloved husband and son.

  3. Dear Aunty Betty, There is not a book large enough for us to be able to recount the wonderful memories we share with you. You were a shining light for everyone to follow – thoughtful, caring, generous, and above all, a genuine friend. Your humour and wittiness will stay with us always. We are all blessed to have known you. …We will not cry because you are gone, but smile because you were here… All our fondest love to you and your family Yvonne, Barry, Tina and Steven

  4. Dear Jane, Mike, Kevin and Family, We are so sorry for your loss and pray that God will give you comfort. I will always remember fondly the times we shared while she was in Savannah. We had some great times and the one that sticks out most in my mind is when me and Mom were at the kitchen table and there were some cookies or something sweet there to eat and Jane told Mom not to eat anymore and when Jane left the room she snitched some more. Well, Jane had been talking to me for several days prior about her sugar ect. and she was worried. I didn’t know if I should tell Jane or not…I didn’t want her to go to the hosp. or something when her sugar went too high so, I told. Well, Mom was upset with me for telling because Jane told on me and she always would tease me about it when she saw me again. Ahhh, good times.

  5. To Ruth, Jane and Michael. Please accept our deepest sympathies on the sad loss of your Mother. We knew her for close to forty years and feel your pain. She was a great lady and a good friend to our family, and will be sadly missed by all of us. The last ten years were very difficult for her but you would never have known it for she was always joking, and never let her illness get her down. She was one in a league of her own.

  6. Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard His call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

  7. I am very sorry for your loss. I know that your family has been through this before. And I’m sure that it doesn’t get easier. I wasn’t sure if I should write or not, but I decided to share a story from about 37 years ago when your family had to live through a tragic accident. I was a very good friend of Richards. Me and a few of his other friends came by to show our respect and your Mom was so kind to us. We were young, sad, confused and hurting. But even in her time of grief she made us feel just alittle bit better. She was a very special person. I’ve thought of Richard over the years and I’ll never forget him or your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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