She had been in declining health for the past month.
Mrs. Ott was born on August 7, 1930 in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Melvin and Esther [Miller] Bender. She spent her formative years in Wolf Lake and Albion, and graduated from Albion High School in 1948.
Following her high school graduation, she was married in Wolf Lake to Glen D. Ott on May 28, 1948. The couple lived for a short period in Kimmell following their marriage, and spent much of their married life on the Ott family farm in Eel River Township in Allen County before moving to their present home near Churubusco in 1980.
A committed woman of faith and church worker, she was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, east of Churubusco. In addition to volunteering at her church in various capacities over the years, she served as its United Methodist Women’s treasurer for many years. She loved and treasured her church, and was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.
The surviving relatives include her husband Glen, to whom she was married for over 61 years; her three children, Judy (Roy) Langdon of Sheridan, Larry (Christina) Ott of Avilla, and Jerry A. (Pamela) Ott of Churubusco; a sister, Bonnie (Hal) Stump of Kimmell; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Bender.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Smith, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco today from 3 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service Thursday morning.
Interment will be in Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
To leave a condolence for the family in Mrs. Ott’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.