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Edith S. "Edie" Orlin April 5, 1934 - June 2, 2018

Edie is survived by her husband and love of her life of 47 years, William (Bill) Orlin, her children, Michelle Dawalt and son-in-law Skip, Marc Meyers, Julie Orlin Pickett and Cindy Orlin Ely, her grandchildren, Josh and his fiancé Cassie, Ashley and her partner Daniel, Jennifer Hertz and her husband Brian, Brandon and his fiancé Alyssa, Jamie, Jared and Jacob, her great-grandson Kayden, and many close friends and former colleagues.

Edith was born April 5th, 1934 and passed away June 2nd 2018. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of Frances Warnov and Jack Witkoff, she made her way to Houston, Texas in 1954 to visit family and ultimately decided to make it her new home. In the spring of 1968 she began dating her future husband and lifelong partner, Bill Orlin. They were married on March 20, 1971 and celebrated their 47th anniversary this year. After her move to Houston, she took technical courses and became an executive assistant in the accounting department at Rice University. At the age of 62, she retired from Rice after 35 years of service. After retiring, she began her “volunteering career” by working with the MD Anderson Children’s Project, Seven Acres, where she served as president of the Volunteer Auxiliary and Holocaust Museum of Houston from time to time with her husband. In addition, Edie was heavily involved at Congregation Beth Israel, where she has been a member for over 50 years, and spent several years on the Sisterhood Board, co-chaired Mitzvah Day projects and volunteered in the sisterhood gift shop.

Throughout her adult life, Edie enjoyed every day to the fullest by traveling to distant places, enjoying the arts, as well as weekly mah-jongg games with her close friends. Edie’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren during all the holidays.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edie

can be made to

Congregation Beth Israel

Holocaust Museum Houston

MD Anderson Children’s Art Project

Seven Acres

Jewish Family Service


Services are planned for 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 5th in the Proler Chapel of Beth Israel Memorial Garden, 1101 Antoine, Houston, Texas 77055. Rabbi Chase Foster will officiate.  


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    Janice and Jerry Spencer says

    Dear Bill and Family,

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of Edie, she was a very special lady.

    Janice and Jerry Spencer

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    Jan and Jules Rose says

    We are so, so sad to hear about Edie’s passing. Everyone will miss her sweet smile and friendly greetings. She always had a positive thing to say whenever she met anyone

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    Diane and Irvin Berger says

    Our dearest friend may you have eternal rest and peace. We love you and will miss you. You were one of the sweetest ladies we have ever known.

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    Annette Rhyne says

    My deepest sympathy to the Orlin family.

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    Arnold Myers says

    My most sincere
    Condolences to the family…

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    Sandi Cohen says

    My deepest sympathy to your family. I loved playing mah-jongg with Edie. A wonderful person and friend.

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    Larry Frieden says

    I was sadden to hear about your wife. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

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