Ott, Margaret Ann

IN MEMORY

OF

MARGARET ANN OTT

July 25, 1940 – December 1, 1958

 

 

Personal Reflection

From Kathy Pizar: "Both Margaret and my father had had polio, and so I identified with many of her challenges.  But Margaret had been hit by this horrible disease as a child and had more serious physical challenges.  When we had high school slumber parties and preparedfor the night by slipping into our pj’s, we were aware that Margaret had a full torso brace that laced up the back.  However, Margaret’s spirit was undaunted.  She was intensely religious, had a great sense of humor, and was determined to be a good student.  Her mother wrote ina note to me after Margaret’s funeral that " Her blackboard in her room often had a reminder of her assignments, and in this fashion, printed: ‘WORK! WORK! WORK!‘  A daily reminder still remains there in her printing: ‘BE PATIENT!’"

"Margaret and I traded off the editorship and assistant editorship of the Manhattan High School Mentor under Mr. Grimes’ tutelage.  We had a lot of fun working together, joking about possible headlines … none classmates and teachers ever saw.  We graduated, both with Kansas Elks Club scholarships."

"Margaret went on to Baker U., Baldwin, the first college in Kansas, ‘started in 1858 by a group of Methodists hoping to bring education to the fledgling Kansas-Nebraska Territory.’  Spiritually Baker was a good match for Margaret; physically, the hilly terrain of the campus was exhausting, coupled with her long hours of study.  Her polio-weakened lungs succumbed to pneumonia near the end of her first semester."