Mary Jean (Little) Orndorff

August 24, 1944 ~ February 23, 2021 (age 76)


Mary Jean Orndorff, 76, of Taneytown, MD, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  Born August 24, 1944 in Gettysburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Marie (Anders) Little.  She was the devoted wife of the late Francis M. Orndorff.  He passed in 2013.

Mary Jean attended St. Joseph’s High School.  She was a homemaker but worked during her younger years at St. Joseph’s kitchen.  She loved pugs, playing Bingo, and spending time with her family.

She leaves behind 4 children, Andy Mitchell (Kathy) of Taneytown, Tina Yingling (Steve) of Fairfield, PA, Doug Mitchell (Barb) of Fairfield, PA, and Brian Orndorff (Nikki) of Thurmont; siblings, Joyce Grimm, Carolyn Smith (Karl), Dave Little (Charlene), Beth Terry (Leonard), Elaine Ebaugh (Denny), and other special sister, Shirley Little; sister-in-law, Sandy Anders; brothers-in-law, Monroe Hewitt and Dave Smith; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Francis, Mary was predeceased by siblings, Christina Little, Gerry Hewitt, Larry Little, Leon Anders, and Joan Smith; brother-in-law, Francis Grimm; son-in-law, Calvin “Sonny” Free; and great-grandchildren, Korey Smith and Skylar Stambaugh.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Connie Smith, Michele and Tommy Orndorff and their girls, Jen Boyd, Betty & Jim Brown and family, the staff of Gettysburg Hospital and Hospice of Frederick County, and Vigilant Hose Company for the care they provided.

The family will receive friends 1-3 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Emmitsburg, MD.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 47 DePaul St., Emmitsburg, MD, with the Rev. Martin McGeough, C.M. as celebrant.  Burial in New St. Joseph Cemetery will be private for family.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Jean's name may be made to Vigilant Hose Company, P.O. Box 171, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.  "NO REGERTS!"


February 27, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home
210 West Main Street/P.O Box 308
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Mass of Christian Burial
March 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
47 DePaul St.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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