VAN OTTEREN, Ruth Adams Hodges
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Mrs. Van Otteren, of West Palm Beach, formerly of Palm Beach, died Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence in West Palm Beach, after an extended illness. She was 90 years old. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1922, Mrs. Van Otteren was the daughter of the late John Lucas and Frances Thompson Adams Hodges, a direct descendant of Henry Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts, who arrived in this country in 1639 from Devenshire, England. He was the great-grandfather of U.S. Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams. Mrs Van Otteren was also a descendant of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, who arrived in this country in 1620 on the Mayflower. Mrs. Van Otteren was a B.A. degree graduate of the University of Michigan
. Before completing the Katherine Gibbs School College course, she taught high school English. She then joined the Alyn and Bacon publishing house in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was a secretary-editor. She met her future husband, Dale Van Otteren, a Dartmouth graduate and a Grand Rapids, Michigan furniture manufacturer, while skiing at Boyn Mountain, Michigan in 1950. Their son, Karl Adams Van Otteren, was born in 1955. In July 1968, Mrs. Van Otteren moved to Palm Beach, Florida, with her mother and son and pursued her art career and became known for her seascapes, portraits, etchings, and large murals. She also taught school and worked for the Palm Beach County Commission. She enjoyed swimming, tennis, skiing, and croquet, and became the organizing regent of the Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was the organizing member of the Palm Beach Island Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the XVIIC. Throughout Mrs. Van Otteren?s Florida years, her activities included being a board member of the
; Northwood University; University of Michigan Club of the Palm Beaches; The Palm Beach Quills; Daughters of the American Revolution; Colonial Dames; and The Bethesda-By-The-Sea St. Mary?s guild. She was also a member of the Beach artist guild; charter member of the Women in Arts, Washington, DC; National Penn Women; The Beach Club, Palm Beach; and the U.S. Croquet Association. Mrs. Van Otteren was predeceased by her sister, Marion Hodges, and is survived by her son, Karl (Gladys Doerschuck) Van Otteren; and six grandchildren, Alexander, Andrew (Fabiola Acevedo) Van Otteren, John, Bridget, Thomas, and Samuel Van Otteren, all of whom reside in West Palm Beach. A Memorial service will be held at 1:00PM Friday, November 16, 2012, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea, 141 South County Road, Palm Beach, with The Rev. Timothy Cogan, officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations in Mrs. Van Otteren?s name to either: The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea, or Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407. NORTHWOOD FUNERAL HOME, WEST PALM BEACH, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED.