Donna Lee Orchard

Donna Lee Orchard died at her home in Louisiana, Missouri during the evening hours on October 17, 2012. She was surrounded by her loving husband Edgar L. Orchard, her daughter Barri Orchard Obert and her brother Richard Arenson. Donna Orchard was born to Jewish parents Max and Ruth Arenson on Dec. 27,1931 in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Northeast Sr. High School in Kansas City, Missouri where she was Chairperson of her senior class. Always civic minded with a passion for the arts, after her High School graduation in 1948, she served on President Truman’s Advisory Committee for the architectural design of the Truman Memorial. In 1957, she married Edgar L. Orchard of Webster Groves, Missouri in a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. The couple moved to Ladue, Missouri where they raised three daughters. Donna Orchard was President of the Women’s Society of Washington University for many years. Under her leadership, the Society provided scholarships, promoted a lecture series, and presented University programs to the community. In addition the Society ran the “Bear Necessities Shop”. They continue with this excellence to this day. She was also active in the arts, including the Municipal Opera, (The Muny), the St. Louis Museum of Art and the Symphony Orchestra. She generously donated to the arts, children’s causes and to the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship Fund. Mrs. Orchard was also quite active in fundraising for the Barnes Jewish Hospital Development Fund. Mrs. Orchard was active in Jewish daily life and at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur, Missouri. She was very engaged in the activities of the Temple Israel Sisterhood. Mrs. Orchard was President of Orchard Container Corporation for many years. A small Memorial Service will be held for the immediate family. Donna Orchard is survived by her husband, three daughters, her brother, 12 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Donations can be made to The Woman’s Society of Washington University, The American Cancer Society, The Barnes Jewish Hospital Frontier Fund for Cancer and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri.