ORA DEL OTTMANN age 84 of Houston, passed away July 25, 2014. She was born July 21, 1930 in Seguin, Texas, daughter of Monroe and Elsie Schmitt.|
Ora graduated from Seguin High School in 1948. She trained as a vocalist and a pianist for 14 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Her favorite jobs while growing up involved work at a local candy store, which enhanced her love of chocolate, and a local radio station where she wrote copy for on-air commercials and other broadcasts.
After high school she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she met the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Ottmann, in the biology lab. She and Bob were married in 1950. During Bob's career with Exxon as a geologist, the couple lived in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Ora was a devoted mom to her three children, and at various times worked in retail and real estate.
She was also an avid bridge player and often asked to pass on her expertise to others. She and Bob loved to travel, taking the family on numerous car trips throughout the United States in the early years. During retirement, they continued their love of travel throughout the country and abroad.
Ora was also a proud grandmother, known as "Mimi" to her grandchildren, spending countless hours attending dance recitals, soccer, basketball, and football games.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, just months shy of their 59th wedding anniversary; and her daughter, Janis Ann Ottmann. Surviving to cherish her memory are son, Jeff Ottmann and his wife, Margaret Ottmann; daughter Judi Ottmann; grandchildren Kaitlyn and Robert Ottmann; sister Mozelle Howton and brother-in-law Jack Howton, and many other family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830 Bermuda Dunes, Houston, TX 77069. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. Later on that afternoon, a graveside service will be held at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park near Seguin. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Klein Funeral Home, 16131 Champion Forest Drive, Klein, TX 77379. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the National Stroke Association at www.stroke.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 28 to July 30, 2014