Eunice Otte was invited home to heaven a few weeks ago. Her funeral is this morning (May 4) in Fort Worth, TX. She was 94! You can read her obituary here.
Many of you never met Eunice! For many others of you, your lives were profoundly touched directly or indirectly by Eunice!
PLI will mark its 25th anniversary next year! Eunice was deeply influential in the shaping of what PLI “is” today, the PLI family. She was a counselor and instructor in PLI along with her son, counselor Jim Otte, during the first half of PLI’s history.
- Championed pastors and spouses learning together.
- Believed that pastors were better pastors when their marriages were healthy and strong.
- Created the PLI safe place. It was okay to not have everything “together” and to be on the journey to a better version of yourself.
- Built courage.
- Delivered interpersonal insights with a gracious smile.
- Laughed at herself. Laughed with others.
- Loved Jesus and longed for His Mission to be lived out through leaders and churches.
- Knew that women in PLI were gifted, valuable, and mostly had more to offer than they had allowed themselves to imagine.
- Partnered with other PLI leaders and team members to create the culture that thrives today.
- Explained (oftentimes humorously) how women and men think differently.
So, to the many of you that to this day remember concise, insightful words spoken with grace from the lips of Eunice Otte? You have been uniquely blessed!
And, to the many of you that came along in PLI in the 2nd half of its history? You, too, have been blessed by PLI values she championed and cultures she helped found.
The funeral service for Eunice is being held today, May 4, at 10 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.