Marjorie Lou Otto of Amagansett died in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., on Sept. 28. She was 81.
She was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in Queens to Lillian and Louis Meny. As an infant, Ms. Otto contracted pneumonia and a doctor advised her parents to spend time with her near the ocean. They bought a house in Point Lookout, and Ms. Otto spent her summers there while growing up. “This started her lifelong beach story,” her family wrote.
Ms. Otto graduated from Queens College with a teaching degree. After finishing school, she married Robert William Otto in 1952 in Queens, a good friend of her brother Howard, who introduced them.
Her husband was a surfer and when their three daughters were young, the Ottos spent time in Hither Hills and Ditch Plain in Montauk.
Ms. Otto taught speech and English in Huntington for many years and later worked as a real estate broker for Lona Rubenstein and other local agencies.
Her family said she was “smart, funny, and always with an upbeat personality. Her smile was the best.”
In 1971, the Ottos built a summer house in Amagansett and in 1982, they moved there full time until the late 1980s, when they began wintering in Vero Beach, Fla.
Ms. Otto enjoyed reading, tennis, and bridge, and especially loved the beach, her family said. Amagansett was her favorite beach place, and she always remarked on its beauty. She liked swimming and clamming, too.
Ms. Otto is survived by her daughters Valerie Otto of Hauppauge, Allison Heinen of Indian Harbour Beach, and Lauren Rozsa of Baiting Hollow, and by one niece and three nephews. Her husband died four years ago. She is also predeceased by her brothers Robert and Howard Otto, and by a nephew.
A memorial service will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton at noon on Saturday.
Ms. Otto will be buried at Calverton National Cemetery.