She was born in Ephrata, Pa., on April 1, 1926, the second of three children born to Ray and Elasta Grube.
In 1944 she graduated from Ephrata High School where she lettered in basketball and tennis. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in home economics.
In 1948 she married William L. Otten Jr., a World War II veteran, whom she met at Penn State. He graduated from Dickinson School of Law in 1950, and with the advent of the Korean War was called back to active duty.
For the next 24 years, she accompanied her husband, who served both in the Marine Corps and Air Force. She taught home economics, elementary school and special education in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, California and Texas. They visited all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Germany and Austria.
Otten retired from teaching in 1981, in Iowa Park. She then moved to Port Aransas where she has been active in the Community Presbyterian Church. She sang in the choir, was active in the Presbyterian Women's group and served a three-year term as an elder. She was president of the Port Aransas AARP, which since dissolved, served Meals-on-Wheels for many years and was an inveterate golfer.
A member in the women's golf associations at golf courses in Corpus Christi, she won many awards and had the distinction of hitting a holein one in 2005. A Dallas Cowboy fan, she was always interested in sports, was a dedicated Weight Watcher, and regularly partictipated in aerobics. Despite her battle with cancer and chemotherapy, she played 18 holes of golf on March 3 and 5.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Otten of Port Aransas, two sons; Matthew (Karyl) Otten of Monument, Colo. and Jeffrey (Patricia) Otten of Cypress; a brother, Ray Grube of Akron, PA; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Weidman of Akron, Pa., and five grandchildren.
She will be buried today, Thursday, May 21, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 24, at 2 p.m., at Community Presbyterian Church, 113 S. Alister St.