Jean Marie Ott passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at the RiverStone Health Hospice Home in Billings, Montana. Jean was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Lancaster, Ohio, to Leonard and Anna Ott of Somerset, Ohio. Jean graduated from Mt. Gilead, Ohio, high school in 1959, graduated from St. Mary’s of the Springs College (now known as Ohio Dominican University) in Columbus, Ohio in 1964. After college, Jean served for two years in the Peace Corps in British Honduras (Now Belize) in Central America, teaching Home Economics. Jean then taught Home Economics first in Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving west to Choteau, in 1976, and lived in various areas of the state as well as in Colorado. Jean had a love for nature and loved the western states and the friends that she made in those areas.
Jean also earned Masters Degrees at both the University of Cincinnati and Fordham University and finished her teaching career teaching home economics starting in August 2001 at the Huntley Project High School in Worden, and retired in 2011. During that time she was SPCLA advisor and also substitute taught from 2011 until the present time. Jean was active in the League of Women Voters, active in Prayer Lodge in Busby, on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, part of the Huntley Project, organized a sewing club for quilters and other fiber artists, active in Angela’s Piazza in Billings, worked diligently on the project to provide senior housing in Worden and was active in her parish at St.Cyril and Methodius.
Jean is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law Carol and Martin Flautt of Granville, Ohio, Rita and Don Sherer of Wesley Chapel, Florida and by her brother and sister-in-law Robert and Tess Ott of The Villages, Florida. In addition she is survived by a number of nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Anna Ott of Wapakoneta, Ohio, a nephew Jay Ott and niece Tina Quenneville.
Visitation for Jean is 1-6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, with 6 p.m. Vigil at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave., Billings. Funeral Mass is at 11 a.m., Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Billings. Committal will be at Pleasantview Cemetery, Ballantine, following the Funeral Mass. Memorials may be made to RiverStone Health Hospice Home, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.