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Orrah Wicks-Thorp

January 27, 1930 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 90)

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WICKS - Orrah
(nee Hards) Thorp
Age 90, was born in Buffalo, NY, on January 27, 1930. She went to be with our Lord on December 23, 2020 after a brief illness with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy E. Hards and Charlotte (Attleburger) Hards; her two loving husbands Harry LeRoy Thorp Jr., (who passed in 1981) and Robert Wicks, (who passed in 2000); her children Claudia Herbold and Robert Wicks, son-in-law Robert House; her grandchildren, Sarah (Thorp) Acton and Eric Olds; her four sisters and their spouses, June (Ken) Smith, Dorothy Dale, Pricilla (Russell) Grasso and Janet (Andy) Coppola. She is survived by her children; Michael (Celeste) Thorp, Susan House, Karen (Richard) Baker and her children of 37 years, William (Nancy) Wicks, Kathy (Drew) Olds, Kimberly (David) Naus; Her loving grandchildren, James Hartz, Charlotte (Hartz) Gilmer, Jeffrey Thorp, Karen Trinidad, Robert House Jr., Thomas Wrate, Robert Wicks, Tammy (Wrate) Curione, Timothy Wrate, Jamie Jean (Ross) Hardy, William Wicks, Jason Ross, James Ross, Justin Olds, Joshua Wicks, Chris Naus, Jennifer (Naus) Simone, Kevin Naus; numerous great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Orrah enjoyed a long life spent mostly in the WNY area. The fourth of five girls, her early years were spent in the Riverside neighborhood in Buffalo, NY, with summers spent at her parent's Angola, NY, cottage. She graduated from Riverside High School in 1947. She married Roy Thorp in 1952 and raised three children. She decided to go to night school for nursing in the 1960's, graduating in 1967 with an LPN degree. She enjoyed working in nursing homes with the elderly. After the death of her first husband, Orrah decided to continue her education and went back to college for her RN degree, graduating top of her class. Orrah remarried in 1983 to Robert Wicks. When Orrah and her second husband Bob retired, they enjoyed traveling. Whether in their restored 1930 Model A, their restored 1969 Mustang, or their various RV's, they explored the United States, (at the time of her death she had visited all but two states, Nebraska and Kansas). She and Bob became official snowbirds when they bought a winter home in Lakeland, Florida, splitting their time between Florida and WNY. A few years after the death of her second husband, Orrah moved back to WNY full time to be with her family. She continued to enjoy living independently, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Orrah's adventurous spirit will live on in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery.


 

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