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Cyrilla Orth Wallace

Died: Monday, July 23, 2012
Age: 101
Cyrilla Louise Orth Wallace, 101, died Monday, July 23, 2012.

She was born July 10, 1911, in Detroit to Collette Jarrait and Elmer Orth and was a descendent of early French settlers who owned ribbon farms along the Detroit River. Current street signs still bear their names, among them, Dequindre, St. Antoine, Jos. Campau and St. Aubin. In an article in the November 2000 edition of “Michigan History Magazine,” Mrs. Wallace recounted some of her earliest memories of the family’s French lore. The author described her as “blunt, fashionable, risqué and funny.”

In addition to her wit and sense of humor, Mrs. Wallace loved music, travel, literature and poetry. A lifelong learner, she enrolled in a creative writing class at age 85. She enjoyed the exploits and adventures of her children and grandchildren and was endlessly loving and supportive of them. For many years, she enjoyed her career as the credit manager at Jacobson’s in Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Wallace was predeceased by her husband, Robert Wallace.

She is survived by her daughters, Collette P. Reid, Roberta W. Coffey and Pamela W. Hammel; Godfrey J. Hammel; grandchildren, Kevin Reid, Julie Reddick, Lynn Bracken, Denis Bracken, Pamela Devlin; Holly and David FitzSimons, Sandra J. Hammel and Mary Amanda Hammel, and great-grandchildren, Emma and Brian Reid, Rachel, George and Ian Reddick, Anneka Wehnes, Katherine and Patrick FitzSimons and Adelaide Peabody.

A memorial Mass was celebrated July 31 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Donations may be made to the Capuchin Monastery, 1750 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
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