Sarah Jean Ott

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Sarah Jean Ott


Sarah Jean Ott, age 58, passed away peacefully at home Sunday April 20th, the Day of Resurrection.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Evelyn W. Ott and the late Dr. John F. Ott. She attended Augusta Circle School, where her mother taught for many years. She attended Hughes Jr High and Greenville Sr High and earned a degree in Liberal Arts at Brevard College, and an ASS degree in Engineering Technology/Architectural Drafting at Greenville TEC. She worked for Covile Corp and J E Sirrine in the late 70's and early 80's. She was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Sarah was a remarkable woman who accepted her limitations with great strength and courage and an oft expressed sense of humor. She had great compassion for those who were different or marginalized; and wrote exquisite poetry about nature, God, friends and family. She never met an animal that she did not love or one who did not love her right back. She was beloved by her nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews who have many, many fond memories of her. Her greatest loves were for her flowers, her dog Sandy, her porch, writing poetry and her family. She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Leavell, Susan Tamsett, Marcia Barron, her nieces and nephews, Jennifer and Sarah Beth Leavell, Anne T. Licari (Bernard), Jay Tamsett (Nicole), Alison T. Verkade (Hendrik), and Jake Barron, her grandnieces and nephews , Logan and Chelsea, Nicholas and Noelle Licari, and Tyler and Katherine Tamsett as well as her lifelong friends, Susan Scruggs and Katherine Aldridge and her caregiver Kathy Dehn.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The family is at the home of her mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway House or to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The Mackey Mortuary. Condolences may be made on line at

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Published in The Greenville News from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2014
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