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Minnie Otis



Minnie Ann (Heard) Otis passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2022. She was born September 12, 1943, in Centerville, Alabama to L.C. and Louise Heard. The family moved to Oralabor, Iowa in 1952. In 1954 the family moved to West Des Moines, Iowa.


Minnie graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa in 1963. She later spent one year at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Minnie worked for Younkers Department Store from 1962 to 1970 as a sales and detail clerk, and for Massey Ferguson as a teletype operator from 1973 to 1977.


Minnie married Richard Otis in 1965 and with that union a daughter, Richelle L. Otis, and a son, Richard C. Otis Jr. were born. Minnie spent her time as a mother and housewife who enjoyed music, dancing, musicals and plays, and occasional trips to the casino.


Preceding Minnie in her death were her parents, L.C. and Louise Heard; Annie B. Heard, L.C. Heard Jr. (Maye), Charlie Heard (Hilda), and Will T. Heard.


Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard; daughter, Richelle; son, Richard Jr. (Amy); sisters, Jessie Gatewood, Yvonne (Wells) Heard, Janice Davis, Everlue (Richard) Harris, Barbara Higgins; brother, Jerry (Terry) Heard, two grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.


Memorial contributions for Minnie Heard can be addressed to her family for later distribution.