Sunday, January 15, 2012

This Week's Favorite Obituary - Ouita Maxine Tomlin

I'm sure I'm not alone when I confess to a love of the obituary section of my Sunday newspaper.  There was an obituary in today's paper that caught my eye.  I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Tomlin, but her obituary really brings her to life for me.

Ouita Maxine Tomlin
Ouita Maxine Tomlin, 95, Kansas City, MO, died Jan. 12, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Grand Court, 501 West 107 Street Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brookdale ISC Hospice, 9201 Foster St., Overland Park, KS 66212.
Ouita was the second of three daughters (Winona and Elsie) born to Bula Teel.  She enjoyed 45 years of marriage with second husband C.E. Tomlin who preceded her in death.  She is survived by her son, Stephen, and daughter-in-law, Peggy, KCMO; and grandchildren, Cindy, Mark and Charlene, all of Chicago, IL.  Ouita considered having three children, but after the birth of her son, she knew she would never do any better.
She was a child of the Great Depression and thus had a tremendous work ethic.  Student, soda jerk at Katz, wife, mother, sales clerk, single mom, executive secretary - these were just a few of her many hats.  Even in her later years, she practiced her ABC's - always bingo, always cards and always caring for others.
Special thanks to the staff at Brookdale Communities Grand Court of Kansas City, Freedom Pointe in Overland Park and the Hospice team from ISC.  Her longevity was aided by the aptly-named geriatric specialist Dr. Stanley Sharp.  He is and she was.
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