Edith Ellen Motter

First Posted: 2/1/2008


Edith Ellen Motter, 93, died at 1:25 p.m. Jan. 30, 2008, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born Jan. 28, 1915, in Riley Township, Putnam County, to Leonard and Ida Mann Zimmerly, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 14, 1942, she married Myron S. Motter, who died Feb. 17, 1984.

Mrs. Motter retired from Peerless Glove Co., Bluffton, and had also worked at Amstutz Cannery and Lape's Department Store, Bluffton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. She was a charter member of the Amico Club, Bluffton. She was a 1932 graduate of Pandora High School, where she played basketball and coached her sister's team. Her biggest joy was her family. She enjoyed gardening, antiquing and sewing.

Survivors include three daughters, Pauline (Bill) Williams, of Bluffton, Kay (Ron) Ahten, of Delphos, and Rosie (John Szippl) Motter, of Harrod; a son, Jim (Pat) Motter, of Bluffton; a sister, Jean Moore, of Allen Park, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Alice Zimmerly, of Ottawa; eight grandchildren, Samantha Warren, Scott Williams, Tom and Ryan Motter, Michael Ahten, Susan Richardson and Dan and Jaeden Szippl; a stepgrandson, Larry Halter; 13 great-grandchildren, Jay, Jenny and Jamie Warren, Stephanie and Philip Williams, Angelle, Wyatt, Eli, Jordan, Aurora and Sydney Motter and Isaac and Aaron Richardson; and a great-great-grandson, Adam Warren.

She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Dorothy L. Halter; and two brothers, Dwight and Paul Zimmerly.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Bluffton. Chaplain William Herr will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Bluffton EMS.

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