Bunnie Louise Hawkins Ott died January 24, at the University of Texas Medical Branch, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Ott was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 17, 1925 to James and Myrtle Hawkins. She was a graduate of Ball High School where she was a flag twirler and elected Queen of Ball High School. Bunnie married the love of her life Bernard E. Ott, on April 20, 1943. Their early years saw them travel during Bernard’s Army Air Corps Service during World War II. They were blessed with eight children as they made their life in Galveston. Bunnie was a devoted daughter, wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.
Her family and her Catholic faith were the focal points of her life. Bunnie had a passion for cooking and baking in her Southern style. She enjoyed gardening and flowers brought her special joy. She saw beauty in everything, but especially in the eyes of her children. Somehow she managed a demanding schedule, accommodating each of her children and grandchildren in their various activities. She took special interest in “The Club” a monthly gathering of life-long friends started by her sister Gloria in high school. Bunnie lived a blessed life and even in her final days would talk about how wonderful and magical God had made her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Myrtle Hawkins; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and James Yarbrough; brother and sister-in-law Derrall and Rosalie Hawkins; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Tina Ott; her son-in-law, Harold Thompson; and her grandson, Mason Sebastian Ott.
She is survived by her loving husband of seventy-three years, Bernard Ott; her children, Marshall Ott and wife Angie, Richard Ott and wife Patricia, Linda Ott-Thompson, Terry Ott and wife Linda, Danny Ott and wife Monica, Mark Ott and wife Tami, Denise Ott, Craig Ott and wife Sheila. Grandchildren include David Berns, Christine Munger, Michelle Willette, Jerry Ricci Ott, Christina Delaney, Emily Ott, Meredith Crawford, Andrea Wimberley, Liesl Hays, Marta Ott, Jennifer Roth, Avery Preston, Elise Worthen, Brick Pomeroy IV, Erik Ott, Kyle Ott and numerous nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Bunnie’s caregivers, Consuelo Martinez and Elsa Maltez; the following staff at UTMB: Dr. Kelly Stephenson, Dr. Alexis McQuitty, Dr. Erin Hommel, Dr. Rao, Veronica Davis, OT, Phil Carter, PT, the Palliative Care team, along with Texas Home Health Hospice Team. A special thanks to the wonderful, compassionate nurses of the Geriatric Ace Unit, the care that they showed Bunnie in her final days will never be forgotten.
Bunnie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am, Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston. The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Bunnie’s six sons and two grandsons, Erik and Kyle Ott. Honorary pallbearers will be David Berns, Jerry Ricci Ott, Brick Pomeroy IV and Mason Sebastian Ott.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the charity of your choice.
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 am