Madeline LaVene Otts


Madeline LaVene Otts passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. Madeline was born May 7, 1934, in Friars Point, Miss., to Josephine (Sorce) and Dominick LaVene.

In 1958, Madeline married Robert M. Otts of Verona, Miss., and moved to Colorado in 1960. They were the parents of Patti (Otts) Thompson (deceased) and Melanie (Chase) Hoy who reside in Grand Junction, Colo.

Madeline lived a fulfilling life as a mother, sister, wife and enjoyed an abundance of friends. She relished a thorough reading of a newspaper as opposed to watching TV, was known for her handwritten cards and letters, fussed over flower beds, and raised beautiful Christmas cacti.

She collected all sorts of recipes, played the Lotto religiously and delighted at completing Word Jumble puzzles.

She was gifted when it came to remembering people’s names and never forgot one that we know of.

Her southern drawl was iconic. She was a true Southern Belle.

Survivors include Madeline’s sister, Maryann (Louis) Cirilli, Foley, Ala.; brother, Charlie LaVene, Greensboro, NC; niece LouAnn (David) Turner, Madison, Miss.; nephew Vic (Berkleigh and daughter Victoria) Cirilli, Foley, Ala.; nephew Brad Otts, Greenwood, Ark.; niece Donna (Mike) Miller, Maumelle, Ark., and Michael (Paula and daughter Lexi) Miller, Humble Texas.

Cremation was chosen and a Memorial Service is planned for the spring in Monte Vista, Colo.

It was Madeline’s wish that any memorial tributes to honor her life be made in the form of charitable donations to Hope West Hospice, 3090 North 12th St., #B, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or to Summit West Care, 2800 Printers Way, #200, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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