Honoring a Friend through a Charitable Annuity:
The Morrie Ottren Story
Imagine two little boys, best friends during the Great Depression, who always stuck together, even though one of them, born with club feet, couldn’t run and play with the other neighborhood kids – a child whose mother worked long, hard hours late into the night just to keep her family fed and clothed – a child whose family could never afford surgery.
Now imagine the kindness of a surgeon and the hospital staff who corrected the club feet and cared for the child free of charge – and imagine the shared joy as these two little boys played ball and kick-the-can with other kids, and always ran together. It was a joy that Morrie Ottren, the best friend of the child who received charity care, never, ever forgot.
Albert M. Ottren (Morrie) and his good friend both grew into able young men who served their country in World War II. Morrie stayed close to his humble roots, living frugally in a small, tidy house in Tacoma’s Hilltop, working for Puget Sound Plywood, and saving for a rainy day – or another Great Depression.
Morrie visited the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation years ago to set up a Charitable Gift Annuity. He wanted to share the joy he remembered from so long ago when doctors and nurses helped his childhood friend; he wanted to share it with us and with children who need help now.
Morrie Ottren passed away in April 2013, at age 92. He is buried in the Tahoma National Cemetery, in recognition of his military service. Through the charitable annuity he established during his lifetime, and from the proceeds from his estate, he contributed well over $1 million dollars to Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.
For more information about charitable annuities or legacy giving, please contact:
Scott Claeys, Planned Giving/Major Gifts Officer
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