Maryanna Otley, 87, passed away Aug. 30 at Harney District Hospital.
Maryanna was born March 15, 1927, in Ontario to Glenn and Violet Brown. She spent her first 10 years in Diamond. Her parents raised sheep, and she was in the sheep camp at an early age. Her mother always had bummer lambs and Maryanna enjoyed them all.
She went to grade school in Diamond through the fourth grade, and then finished grade school in Crane. During her grade school years in Diamond, she became lifelong friends with Donna Tackman and Shirley Pearl Thompson. Her family sent her to St. Theresa’s High School in Boise, Idaho. She enjoyed those four years very much, and made many friends from all over the country. She only came home on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, traveling by train to do so.
In the summer, she would help her dad survey a livestock trail for the government on Steens Mountain. She met her future husband, Charley Otley, at a dance in Diamond. They were married Jan. 28, 1950. In 1951, Maryanna was diagnosed with diabetes. She, Charley and Dr. John Weare would drive to Ontario and get on the train to go to Portland and learn how to doctor her disease. She spent 63 years battling diabetes, and probably would have died several times if not for Charley.
In August 1953, their son, Bill, was born. When Bill was young, Otley Brothers summered steers on the land that Glenn, Violet and Maryanna had on Steens Mountain. Maryanna and Bill stayed at the cabin on the mountain and rode fence. They fished a lot, too.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Charley was involved with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, they traveled a lot. She enjoyed that, but living out of a suitcase was sometimes a challenge.
In 1983, Maryanna had quadruple bypass surgery in Portland. In 1984, Otley Brothers was divided into three separate ranches, and Diamond Valley Ranch had the land on Steens Mountain that Maryanna and her folks homesteaded. She enjoyed seeing the baby calves play out her porch window every spring.
Then, in August 2011, after a short stay in the hospital, Maryanna moved to Sunshine House in Burns. At that time, Charley moved to the house in Burns that had belonged to Maryanna’s mother.
In August 2012, Maryanna’s husband of 62 years passed away and she stayed on with the “girls” at Sunshine House.
Maryanna is survived by her son, Bill, and wife, Rita; granddaughter, Kristie Cotton, and husband, Jeff; sister-in-law, Mary Otley; nephews and nieces, Bob Otley, Shirley Carson and husband, Earl, Harry Otley and wife, Mary, Sherry Stott and husband, Doug, Fred Otley and wife, Debbie, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley; her parents, Glenn and Violet Brown; brothers-in-law, Harold Otley and Howard Otley; and sister-in-law, Genie Otley.
A funeral service for Maryanna Otley was held Sept. 8 at Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.
Contributions may be made to AirLink, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or to a charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns OR 97720.