Elizabeth “Betty” Ortman, cherished wife of Gordon Ortman, died June 17, 2013, joining her late husband. Born June 18, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she leaves behind daughter Sandra Brown and son-in-law James Brown of Clayton, N.C.; daughter Jill Ortman-Fouse and son-in-law David Fouse of Silver Spring, Md.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She is remembered for being a bit of a daredevil, marching to her own drumbeat and her lively sense of humor, creativity, green thumb, tenacity and pride in her family. Her career included serving as administrative assistant to the personnel director of the Taft Research Center in Cincinnati and to the director of meteorology for EPA in RTP, where she was noted for her slogan “Use it Again, Sam” in initiating the government recycling program. She will also be remembered for her dancing, softball play and bowling, and for assisting her husband in his scientific endeavors.
A special thank you is due to the staff at Elmcroft of Northridge for their kind, loving care.
A funeral mass with Visitation will be held at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh on July 8, 2013. Visitation with family will be at 11:30 a.m. in the atrium followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 p.m. in the chapel. A procession with Betty’s and Gordon's ashes to the columbarium for inurnment will follow. After the inurnment , a reception to celebrate the life of Betty Ortman will be held at the Parish Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington, N.J., 08822. Betty is sharing with Gordon the joy of reuniting with many loyal friends as they party with the saints. Condolences may be sent to: www.cremationsocietync.com