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Lauretta Mary Bottomley

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Lauretta Mary Bottomley

Long-time resident of Madison, Florida, Lauretta Mary Bottomley, age ninety-seven, died peacefully in her sleep on November 14, 2012 in El Cerrito, California only three weeks shy of her ninety-eighth birthday. The youngest of six, she was born on December 7, 1914 to Fred and Mary Hostetler in Calumet County, Wisconsin. She married Earl Bottomley on July 25, 1936. She made Madison her home from 1968 until 2010.

Lauretta began her formal education at age four at the Francis Scott Key School in Stockbridge, Wisconsin. Graduating the eighth grade at age ten, she began high school upstairs in the same building the following year. Education remained important to her throughout her life. She received a Bachelor's degree from Oshkosh State Teachers College and a Masters in education from Indiana University. She worked for the WPA and later in the public school system.

She met her future husband, who was also a teacher, on the way to a dance near her family home in Wisconsin. At that time women were not allowed to teach once married so the pair eloped to Indiana and were secretly married after which they both continued to teach. When WWII began, Lauretta moved with Earl who was a civilian instructor in the Air Force, first to Washington DC, then to Bremerton, Washington, and Rantoul, Illinois. In 1945 the couple went to Stockton, California as teachers, later returning to Rantoul, Connersville, and Ellettsville in Indiana. After moving to Madison, Florida, Lauretta taught remedial reading and worked in the Learning Resources Center at North Florida Junior College, and taught in the seventh grade in public schools in Taylor and in Madison Counties. She enjoyed many civic activities in her retirement including Pine tree Quilters, working with adult literacy programs, and was active in her Sunday school group at First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing and painting, gardening, reading and playing bridge with friends.

She left Florida to be with her family in California in 2010.

She was predeceased by her husband the late T. Earl Bottomley, her daughter Mary Gorrell, and siblings Norman Hostetler, Ruby Gerhartz, Oscar Hostettler, Harry Hostettler, Olga Berg and Lucy McMillan.

She is survived by her son Tom Bottomley and wife Margaret; her son Wayne Bottomley and wife Betsy Thorne, a grandson James Bottomley and wife Anne Mason, all of California. A son-in-law, Chip Gorrell of Bellingham, Washington. A sister-in-law, Joyce and husband Leonard Tufts of North Carolina, and a sister-in-law, Agnes Bottomley, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, in Madison, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3 pm.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 17, 2013
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