Obituary: Rosalyn Estelle O’Hotto
Rosalyn Estelle O’Hotto passed away June 4, 2009, following a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.
Rosalyn (Rosie) was born Dec. 13, 1949 in Urawa City, Japan, to Mickey and Robert Ford. She was the eldest of two children. She came to the United States in 1958 with her younger sister, Irene and her father. Mickey joined the family later due to legal paperwork.
Rosie attended school in Englewood before moving to Kremmling in 1960. In 1964, she ventured to Glenwood, Ark. to attend the wedding of a long-time friend and decided to stay.
Rosie returned to the Kremmling area in the fall of 1966 to finish her senior year. During this time, she met her future husband Ron O’Hotto. She and Ron were married the following September. Two children were born to this union. She lived with her mother-in-law, Nora O’Hotto, while Ron was in the Army. Rosie acquired Nora’s cooking and baking skills quickly, thus the beginning of her famed cooking. Her signature was her cinnamon rolls.
In 1978, she attended beauty school in Denver. She worked for Dorthy Dunlap for about ten years before opening Rosie’s Beauty Salon on Main Street in Kremmling. Rosie made friends with everyone who walked in the door.
She was an accomplished artist both in acrylics and water colors, as many have seen from the art she entered in the fair and Christmas cards she sent each year. She was active in the fair and other community events.
One of her passions was helping seniors at the Silver Spruce in the Nutrition Center. And Rosie loved always providing hair care for them. She had Ron put in a station at Cliffview Assisted Living to make it easier on the seniors that couldn’t get out.
Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. They called her ‘Mama’. She loved to go visit them often and take them shopping.
Rosie never knew a stranger and made friends easily. She loved people and animals alike.
Rosie was preceded in death by her father and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Ron, children Shayne (Paulette) O’Hotto of Ft. Lupton and daughter Kristin (Rob) MacDonald and grandchildren Dayne and Rheese of Elizabeth, sister Irene (Bill) of Kremmling and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces and all her friends world-wide.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 13, at the West Grand High School Auditorium at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Silver Spruce Senior Nutrition
PO Box 668
Kremmling, CO 80495
Heart of the Mountains Hospice
PO Box 1093
Granby, CO 80446
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