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Elizabeth Haynes Ott

Elizabeth Haynes (Betty) Ott passed this life on September 6, 2018, at the age of 95.

She was born December 7, 1922, in Commerce, Texas.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her first husband, Colonel Roderick Norman Ott, and by her second husband, Colonel Walter Wesley Ott.

She is survived by her son, John Haynes Ott and his wife, Gail, of Summit, Mississippi; four grandchildren: Tori Keith and husband Robert of Austin, Texas; John Ott and wife Sarah of Austin, Texas; Brent Ott of Brandon, Mississippi; and Jake Ott of Oxford, Mississippi. She dearly loved her four great grandchildren: Mason Ott, Ryan Ott, Taylor Ott, and Worthy Keith, all of Austin, Texas.

Known as (Boppy) by her family, she was an inspiration to her grandchildren and continually encouraged them in all their endeavors. A life-long educator, she was a strong believer in personal growth through education. She earned her B.A. at Texas Womans University, with a major in music education and minor in English. She continued her education with a degree in music at Trinity University. She went on to earn a masters degree at Louisiana State University in Elementary Education, and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ott was instrumental in the development of preschool and elementary instructional programs for non-English speaking children. Her career included work as Texas State Consultant in elementary education and director of the bilingual program for the State of Texas, and for the Louisiana Education Agency in a similar role. She was a consultant to New York Public City Schools, Los Angeles City Schools, San Francisco City Schools, and St. Marys University. Dr. Ott finished her career as a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University when she relocated to her family roots in Osyka, Mississippi, and is Professor Emeritus of that institution.

The development of her trilingual and bilingual programs took her to communist Hungary and many other countries to educate teachers to better serve children. A long-time member of Magnolia Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, Betty later attended J.J. White Presbyterian Church in McComb.

She also enjoyed being a member of the Wednesday Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Twenty-One Club, for as long as her health permitted.

The family extends special thanks and gratitude to her caregivers, Nannie Anderson, Jasmine Holmes, Catherine Smith, and Georgia Cook, for their kind and loving attention.

Visitation will be Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Magnolia Presbyterian Church from 9:30 until services at 11:30 with Dr. Jimmy Porter and Pastor Charles Ray officiating. Interment will follow at Osyka Cemetery under the direction of Sharkey Funeral Home in Summit.

Pallbearers will be her three grandsons, John Ott, Brent Ott and Jake Ott, as well as Karl Ott, Tom Ott, Wes Ott, Larry Pray, and Rick Passman.

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Elizabeth Haynes Ott
December 7, 1922 - September 6, 2018





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