Mary Ruth Orpurt, 93

Mary Ruth (Hayden) Orpurt, 93, gently passed away on Jan. 14, 2016, in the loving arms of her husband and with her children by her side.

She was born on July 13, 1922, to Francis Gross Hayden and Julia Agnes (nee McDonough) Hayden.

As a child growing up in South Lee, Mass., Mary enjoyed swimming, skiing, skating, bike riding and hiking in the Berkshire Mountains. She graduated from Lee High School, Lee, Mass., in 1940 and took her nurse’s training at Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. In 1944, as a registered nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in New Jersey, she met Philip Orpurt, who was working there on assignment for Civilian Public Service. They were married on Dec. 3, 1945, and in 2015 they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

A homemaker for much of her adult life, Mary also worked as a nurse at several hospitals, as a substitute campus nurse and in the library at Manchester University. She also was a volunteer at Shepherd’s Center in North Manchester, their hometown for more than 60 years.

Mary is survived by her husband, Philip A. Orpurt and five children: Karen (Gary) Crim, Dayton, Ohio; Marcia (William) Young, Medina, Ohio; Steven (Laura Smith), Phoenix, Ariz.; Phyllis (Timothy) Peter, Prairie City, Iowa; Barbara (Paul) Dayton, Newburgh; grandchildren are: Marjorie Young (Adam) Kennedy, Matthew (Courtney) Young, Peter Crim, Benjamin Crim, David Peter (fiancee Magen Strunk), Bonnie Orpurt, Aaron Peter, Jeffrey Dayton, Julia Dayton, Rachel Peter, Scott Dayton, Caleb Peter and three great-grandchildren: Ivy Young, Kingston Kennedy and Noah Young.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. The family requests memorials be given to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962,  Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.  Condolences to the Orpurt family may be sent at


Posted on 2016 Jan 26