Mary Eleanor Williams Ott
BA in Education with honors, University of Arizona
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
Mortar Board member
English teacher at Wakefield Jr. High, Catalina Junior High (Doolen)
Master's in Library Science
Librarian at Van Buskirk, Roskruge
Arizona Historical Society docent
Friends of the Public Library volunteer
Catalina United Methodist church activities: Circle 1, Homebuilder's class, library committee, church office volunteer
Oasis senior activities
We, the children of Eleanor Williams Ott, have chosen to honor our mother by memorializing her in the Women's Plaza of Honor at the University of Arizona. She gave us, and all who knew her, a shining example and true model of what a Women, Christian, Wife and Mother exemplifies.
At the young age of 16, due to poor health, she ventured by train from Indiana to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. In 1945 she graduated with honors with a BA in Education. While teaching English at Wakefield Junior High, she met Frank E. Ott, our father. They married in 1947 and had four children. She eventually made the decision to stay at home and raise us.
Yet, our mother never lost her love of learning. After 20 years she returned to the University of Arizona and earned an MS in Library Science, and became librarian at Van Buskirk and Roskruge schools.
After many fruitful years in education, she retired to spend more time with our father after his retirement. She was a perpetual enthusiastic volunteer at church and community activities, and a devoted grandmother of nine who was always present at her grandchildren's countless activities.
Above all, our mother was the best wife for our father, and the consummate mother to us. In spite of poor health throughout her life, she never lacked a smile and a cheerful countenance. She was a woman who lived her priorities daily - love of God, family and fellow man.