Beverly Brannin Oltmanns died Saturday Aug. 25, 2018. She was 93 years old.
A native New Yorker, she was born on April 10, 1925, the only child of Roy H. and Eleanor W. Brannin.
She was raised in Manhasset, where she graduated from Manhasset High School in 1942. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in journalism. She was a Psi Chi psych honorary and Kappa Delta sorority member.
She married her high school sweetheart Warren J. Oltmanns on Dec. 27, 1945, after his return from active duty in the Pacific during WWII.
The couple raised their three daughters in Garden City, where she was the ultimate volunteer as PTA chair, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. In the mid-70s she returned to work as the business manager of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Theater. They retired to Southold, where she was a member of the Shakespeare Club, the Homemakers Craft Guild and the Southold Historical Society. They later moved to Richmond, Virginia.
She had a great artistic talent and enjoyed painting watercolors. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, needlepoint, decorating and gardening. She was a firm believer in doing things right, but always possessed the ability to laugh at herself. She was an engaging storyteller, sharing her imagination, love and advice with family. She will be greatly missed.
Predeceased on Oct. 26, 2015 by her best friend and husband of 70 years, she is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Robyn and Bob Turrill of Boulder, Colorado, Wendy and Tom Watkins of Richmond, Virginia and Kim and Alan Maxwell of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Scott and Reid Hutchinson, Dana Watkins Wiles and Thomas L. Watkins IV, and Paige and Leigh Maxwell; and by five great-grandchildren: Evans, Jackson and William Hutchinson, and Quinn and Bauer Wiles.
Her remains will be interred in the cemetery of First Presbyterian Church in Southold, where she was a member for many years.