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February 2, 2006

(7/29/1918 – 1/21/2006)

Iris Mae Ott, 87, of El Centro, CA, formerly of Greensburg, MO, passed away January 21, 2006 in San Diego, CA.

She was born the daughter of William Don and Myrtle (Roberts) Burrus on July 29, 1918 near Bible Grove, MO.

Iris attended school in the area before graduating from high school. She married Carl Frederich Ott in 1936. He preceded her in death on January 3, 1982 after 45 years of marriage.

The Ott’s originally settled in the Greensburg area. In the coming years they lived in Kirksville, St. Louis, Newton, IA, and Waterloo, IA. In 1953, they moved to South Bend, IN and resided there from 1953-1976. While in South Bend, Iris worked at the Ayers Department Store and Robinson’s May in Fine Linens, while Carl was employed as a Master Painter for Indiana Typesetting. They retired in 1976 and moved back to Greensburg, spending their winters in El Centro. Iris moved to Imperial Valley permanently in 1982 following Carl’s passing.

Iris was a beloved wife, mother, and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Her family remembers her as a hard-working woman with her faith planted deeply in the Lord. She was a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. Iris was an active member of the Christian Women and Women’s 10,000 Club of El Centro. She was active in Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Women’s Bible Study and various volunteer works in the El Centro School District. Iris was a lifelong member of the DAR.

She was preceded in death by: her husband; sisters, Velna Fay, Ina June, Irma McRobert, and Virginia Kirkpatrick; and her only brother, Richard Burrus.

She is survived by: her son, Carl L. Ott and his wife Barbara of El Centro; sisters, Agnes Robinson of Moberly and Donna Doty of Memphis; grandchildren, Carl F. Ott of El Centro and Debra Gray and husband Tommy of Brawley, CA; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Karyn Ott of El Centro, and Thomas and Tori Gray of Bawley; 13 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and nephews; and 33 great- great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were held on January 27, 2006 at the First Church of the Nazarene in El Centro with Pastor Cunningham officiating. Graveside services were held on January 31, 2006 at the Greensburg Cemetery with Pastor Jack Sumption of the Memphis First Christian Church officiating. Burial was in the Greensburg Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the mission work of the First Church of the Nazarene and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from its Memphis chapel.

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