Georgia Ruth Morgan Otzmann, 87, of Galveston, TX, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011, at home. She was born September 9, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up the oldest of 5 children on a working farm in Sawyer, KY, where her mother was Post Mistress and her family ran the general store. “Georgie” rode a horse to her one-room schoolhouse at Mill Creek and graduated from McCreary County High School in Whitley City, KY, with the class of 1941 where she was a talented pianist and saxophonist. After high school, Georgia graduated from Bowling Green Business College in Bowling Green, KY, and then worked as a secretary for the Commander of Ordinance and Supply at Camp Breckenridge, KY. It was here that Georgia met Edward Otzmann, her handsome lieutenant and the love of her life, and they were married at the chapel of Camp Breckenridge on January 6, 1944. Soon after they married, Edward went to war and upon his return, the family settled in Westfield, NJ, where they lived until 1968. While in Westfield, Georgia was active in the Garden Club, the Overlook Hospital Auxiliary, and was very involved in her childrens’ activities. After a short transfer to Houston, Georgia and Ed moved to Arcadia, CA, where they lived until Ed’s retirement in 1979. While in Arcadia, Georgia was a member of the Garden Club, the California Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Kentucky Colonel, and the Gourmet Club. In 1979, Georgia and Ed moved to Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter, FL. Georgia joined the Ladies Golf Club at Jonathan’s Landing and was proud to shoot a hole-in-one on the 16th hole. She was also a member of the Jupiter Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary. After Ed passed away in 1998, Georgia moved to Galveston, TX to be closer to her family and was active in the Galveston Country Club WAGS, Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Breakers Lunch Bunch.
Georgia lived her life with grace and poise and always maintained a positive outlook on life. Georgia embraced life with a sense of humor and endless laughter. Her family and her lifelong friendships were the center of her life. She will be remembered as a loving, caring mother and grandmother, sister and aunt who gave of herself and asked for nothing in return.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Otzmann; son, Edward Dwight Otzmann; brother, Bill Emerson Morgan, and sisters, Maudie Irene Morgan and Wilma Jean Hamblen.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Morgan Otzmann and wife, Terri, of Goodyear, AZ; daughter, Linda Sue LeGate and husband, William (Buzzy), of Galveston, TX; sisters, Virginia MaeTaylor, of Sawyer, KY, and Nadean Agnes Little, of Corbin, KY; aunt, Fannie Morgan, of Whitley City, KY; grandchildren: Stacey Leann Otzmann, of San Diego, CA; Sgt. Lance Morgan Otzmann, of Ft. Wainwright, Fairbanks, AK, currently deployed to Afghanistan; Jaime Sue LeGate, of Galveston, TX; Kimberly Ann LeGate, of Galveston, TX; and Scott Edward LeGate, of Austin, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Georgia’s family will receive visitors beginning at 3:00 pm, Thursday, August 25th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston, TX. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm, led by Rev. Ray Pinard, and a reception honoring Georgia’s life will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to the Vasculitis Foundation, P O Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188, vasculitisfoundation.org, 1.800.277.9474, or to the American Heart Association, South West Affiliate, P O Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125, donate.americanheart.org.