She was born on Jan. 29, 1917, to John and Evelyn Alexander.
Oltman came to the Burns/Hines area at the age of 12, with her parents, sisters and brother. She attended Hines Elementary School and graduated from Burns High School. While attending school, she met life-long friends.
She married George Oltman in a double-ring ceremony with Eva and Carroll Jordan on April 23, 1937. They had been married for 60 years when he died in 1997. There first child, Michael, was born in 1939 and their second was born in 1948.
Through the years, Oltman was employed at the Chamber of Commerce, the telephone company, Welcome’s Home Drug Store and with the 4C’s as a teacher’s aide. She loved her job at the 4C’s the most, teaching the children math and reading.
Throughout her life, Oltman participated in the community through the IOOF/Rebekahs, volunteering at the Episcopal church and serving as homeroom parent for both of her children.
Oltman was also active in the arts and crafts club. She enjoyed making crafts for the Christmas fairs, particularly her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Her many talents included oil painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, tole painting, decopauge and ceramics. There wasn’t a creative challenge she did not attempt after she “figured it out.”
Oltman was a friendly, outgoing person who enjoyed everyone’s company from old friends to the young woman at the medical clinic. She thrived on politics as a lifelong Democrat, watched old movies and cheering for the Oregon Ducks and “her coach.” She rarely missed Perry Mason reruns, and enjoyed reading Agatha Christie novels, working crossword puzzles and discussing “Dancing With The Stars” with her friend, Joann Helmer.
Oltman is survived by her daughter, Evelyn and Roxanne; sister, Betty Hackey; son-in-law, Donn Eesley; nieces and nephews, Trisha Johnson and husband Jim, Brian Hackney, Dexter Clark and wife Linda, John Grabski and wife Kim, Robbie Graskie and wife Nona, Sherry Lain and husband Don, Joe Oltman and wife Roberta, John Oltman, Tony Oltman and wife, Devina; caretaker, Janice Walker; and many other cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael and husband, George.
Contributions in Oltman’s memory may be made to the Harney County Dial A Ride.