Susan Hulings Ottinger

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Rabenhorst Funeral Homes Downtown
825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA

Susan Hulings Ottinger was born in Arcadia, Florida on November 19, 1920. She grew up in New York, Spain, and England. She went to Middlebury College and moved to Baton Rouge to be with her parents, Courtland and Elena Hulings, during the war. There she met her husband, Harry Ottinger who worked at Standard Oil. She had three children, Harry, Bee, and David. In 1955 they were transferred to the New York City area. They lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Hamburg Germany until Harry retired in 1976. They then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and started a business with David. They built a lovely house in the foothills and traveled extensively. They had a good life of grandchildren, tennis, and the great outdoors. Harry died in 2006 and Sue went back to Baton Rouge where she had never lost touch with friends. She moved to St James Place, where she made even more friends. Her life there was full of bridge, writers club, church, and being with friends. And most importantly being a good friend to all. She kept up her travels, culminating in a trip last June to Vienna and Prague with her daughter. The final element in her Bucket List. She was resilient and tenacious, as most people are who live to be 98. She took the natural ups and downs in her life with grace and strength, and not only moved on, but thrived. She had an exciting and full life and will be missed. She is survived by children, Bee Ottinger, David Ottinger and wife Mary Manchester; grandchildren, Jennie, Caitlyn, and Everett Ottinger; great-grandchildren, Ellen, Callum, and Juniper; sister-in-law, Mary Hulings; niece, Elizabeth Hulings; and grandnephew, Nico Diamond. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church Dunham Chapel in Baton Rouge from 2:30 p.m. until a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations to Project Healing Waters at
Published in from Mar. 2 to Mar. 14, 2019
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