Nina Marion Otton

Death Notice

Surrounded by her loving family, at Bluewater Health, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, Nina Marion Otton passed away at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Otton. Loving mother of Crystal (Paul) O’Reilly, Ian (Karen) Otton, and the late Darrin Otton. Cherished grandmother of Jenna (Dwane) Bogart, Dean (Jennifer) Otton, Tyler O’Reilly, and Kelsey (Blair) McNeill. Great-grandmother of Reid, Avery, Brynley, and the late Ayla Bogart, Benjamin and Emilia Otton, Audrey, Jordan, and Charlie McNeill. Dear sister of Jean Turner, Gordon (the late Jeanette) Richards, and George (Alice) Richards. Nina is also survived by her brother-in-law Gray (Mary) Otton and by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents William and Mabel Richards, brothers Donald and Robert Richards, and her father and mother-in-law Harold “Pete” and Lucille Otton. Nina was a long time member of Laurel Lea St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church. Nina will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place.


Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. with the memorial service to celebrate Nina’s life commencing at 2:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. Interment of ashes to follow at Lakeview cemetery.


Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Laurel Lea St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church and the Diabetes Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).

15 Condolences

  • Jane Coleman December 7, 2017 02:42pm

    Ian, Karen, Jenna, Dean. Sorry to hear of Mrs. Otton’s passing. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

  • Dona Doyon December 6, 2017 04:41pm

    I was very sorry to hear of Nina's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her at Mrs.Cochrane's when her and Ron would visit. A friendly and lovely lady. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. She will be missed.
    Terry and Dona Doyon

  • Nancy Dennis VanDerVeeken December 6, 2017 12:05pm

    Dear Ian,Karen,Jenna and family, Dean and family and the Otton family,
    Dennis and I are sending our deepest sympathy to all of you during this very sad time. She will be deeply missed but you have many many years of wonderful memories that will be dear to your heart to cherish forever and ever.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Jack Cook and family December 4, 2017 08:04pm

    To all Nina's family - sincere sympathy from an old friend of Thedford days. Jack Cook and family

  • Juanita Kuiack December 4, 2017 03:03pm

    I met Nina for just a few weeks this fall while we shared a room at BWH. During that brief time, I was struck by her dignity, her compliant nature, and her wonderful sense of humour. She loved her family tremendously and I felt she was so fortunate to have devoted children who visited her faithfully and brought love to her days. I learned a lot from Nina, and admired her courage and spirit. Rest in peace, Nina.

  • The Veitch Family December 4, 2017 02:31pm

    Sending much love and prayers to all the family.

    Nina was always such a sweet and thoughtful person and we will miss her.
    The neighbourhood will not be the same without her.

    Stephanie, Dave, Tyler, Zachary & Josh

  • BRIAN CROSS December 4, 2017 01:57pm

    Dear Crystal,Paul,Ian,and Karen;On behalf of the Cross,Howard,TenHaaf families in London and St.Thomas,Ontario,plus Brenda and Doug Martin in Scarborough,Ontario we would like to extend our very heartfelt sympathies on the very recent passing of a truly fine citizen and friend to one and all in Sarnia,Ontario,from our school associations at Queen Elizabeth Public school in your fair city from September 1958-June 1965,plus our great church connections at St.Mathews Presbyterian Church with all the great memories of CGIT,Explorers,Cub Scouts,and various activities jenjoyed by our familes and friends alike like Dan Brown and family who last a lifetime as always it seems such fond memories of those days for sure.It was our extreme pleasure to look after your Dad Ron at Parkwood Institute here in London,Ontario,also your mom at Bluewater healthcare in Sarnia,Ontario.I hope we met your families needs ten fold with true compassion and genuine courtesy in these matters okay.It was so nice to see you borh once again while working the main desk at Parkwood as it always was.May these kind words lead you all forward to beter times ahead in all your perspective career aspirations and lifes journeys wherever they may lead you all okay.My Our own dad passed away December 7,2011 and we all miss him very much as you can well imagine these days.Yours Sincerely;Brian,Mary Cross,Harry and Darlene TenHaaf and family,London,Ontario,Ashley and Daryl Howard St.Thomas,Ontario,Brenda and Doug Martin,Scarborough,Ontario.God Bless you all.

  • Bill and Kathy Pollard December 4, 2017 10:57am

    Crystal and Ian , and families

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Mother and our cousin Nina. A sweet lady , now reunited with Ron .

    We believe, and may it comfort us all , that grief is the price of love .

    Bill and Kathy Pollard

  • Nancy Hibbert December 4, 2017 10:45am

    Ian I am very sorry to hear of your Moms passing.Nina was a very sweet,gentle caring person.My condolences to you and all of the Otton Family.Nancy Hibbert(Jims wife)

  • Jennifer Otton December 4, 2017 09:36am

    A loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be missed for her quiet yet full-body shaking laughter, her gentle demeanor and her loving hugs. My son could never say "Gramma Nina" so called her "Monona", and Monona will be very missed in our household and many, many others. xoxo

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