Elma Gill Orr

January 12, 1936 ‒ February 08, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Elma Lee (Carte) Gill Orr, age 84, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on February 8, 2020, at home in the log cabin her sons built for her overlooking the beautiful Mohican River.

She was born January 12, 1936, in Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia to parents Hershel & Bertha (Doss) Carte and was one of ten children. She grew up on the family farm where they harvested sugar cane and tobacco, so she was no stranger to hard work. A handsome young man named Frank Gill caught her eye and the pair married and shared many wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1985. Together they raised three sons and kept a farm that included cows and chickens.

Over the years, Elma worked for McCormick’s in Johnsville, Fazio’s in Lexington, and Grumman Flxible in Loudonville. She was most proud of her title as President of Eagle Enterprises, Inc. where she helped run the company alongside her boys as they built bespoke log cabins all across America. From Maine to California, the Gill family’s log cabins were highly sought after. In later years, she helped to run the family campground, Cedar Creek Cabins, and sold firewood. She always enjoyed chatting with her customers and Elma was a very hospitable lady, always inviting people into her home.

Elma really loved to fish. One special trip to Michigan, she was so proud of the 28-pound salmon she caught that she teased her husband the whole way home. She dearly loved her husband, Frank, and when he became too ill to hunt, she would take his hunting dogs, a gun, and a light into the backwoods and run his dogs just so he could hear the sound of them from the house. That’s how dedicated of a wife she was. Sundays when their boys were little, the whole family would go hunting for Native American artifacts outside and it resulted in a collection of over 1,100 arrowheads and other memorabilia. The family will fondly remember Elma’s pet deer, Buckshot, who was so tame he would even wander into the house from time to time.

Elma will be remembered as a strong-willed lady who persevered through many trials. She was a hard worker and was very close to her sons. She attended Church of God in Newark and enjoyed singing Gospel music and yodeling (but only for her grandkids).

She is survived by sons John Gill of Loudonville and Frank Gill, Jr. “Eddie” of Perrysville; grandchildren Josh Dible, Shannon Hunter, Brooklyn Gill, Ambur Gill, Michelle Flack, Julie K. Noel, and Ashley K. Murdock; fifteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren with two on the way; siblings Clara Hammond, Helen Corns, Buck Carte, Audrey Porter, Lois Thomas, and Dennis Carte. Along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends, Elma is survived by her 15-year-old basset hound, Willie, who was a dear companion to her.

In addition to her parents Hershel & Bertha Carte, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Frank in 1985; her son Lloyd Gill in 2007; and siblings Ivan Carte, Mary Gillispie, and Edna Romine.

Her family will receive friends 4-7 pm Friday, February 14, 2020, at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield OH 44904) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 am Saturday officiated by Les Morgan. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers memorial contributions be brought or sent to the funeral home to assist with final expenses (please make checks payable to: Snyder Funeral Homes).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Elma’s family. Share a memory with her family at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of this dear lady. Sounds like you have some very special memories to treasure. Lifting you all up to our heavenly Father for peace and comfort. Love you all.

  • I would like to send my prayers out to the family of Elma Gill Orr. I did not know the lady but I do know some of her family and I understand the loss. She had to be one fabulous lady.

  • Elma will be greatly missed by her loving family but also by all who were privileged to make her acquaintance throughout her working years. Her hardworking and caring ways won’t be forgotten. Nor will she be forgotten by God. May His promises bring you comfort and hope. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:11, 29)

  • She was a kind and loving person. I remember the first time I met her, she welcomed me into the family with open arms. Bill, Mary and I would visit her almost every time Bill and I was in Ohio. Sorry I can’t be there for her goodbye celebration but I know she is rejoicing in heaven with many family and friends. My prayers are with the family.

  • It would be really cool if this entire family that completely abandoned me would stop mentioning my name in these. They never wanted anything to do with me and it messed me up for life. Except for Ashley and Jane. Sorry she passed, glad she had a great life.

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