Oltman, Mara Lee (nee Tait)
January 12, 1952 – March 31, 2013
Age 61, of Mahtomedi, died gently on March 31, 2013, after living well and bravely with kidney cancer since 2007. Mara was born in Ashland, WI on January 12, 1952, the daughter of Keith D. and Lois (Thoreson) Tait. In addition to raising three sons, Mara enjoyed a houseful of daycare children for 16 years. She loved horses (learning to ride at age 8), dogs, eagles, feeding and watching the many birds in her back yard, scaring off the crows, good loud music (be it rock, classical, or country), being with her family and close friends, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and reading a really good novel. Mara is survived by her husband Dennis; sons Troy, Casey, and Joe; brothers Scott and Mike Tait; special niece Shonda Baggett, and other relatives and friends whose love so helped and supported her these last years. Mara was preceded in death by her parents. A heartfelt thank you to The Affirming Life Support group, Mara’s stage 4 women’s group, who she was with since 2009, and the St. Mark’s Cancer Conqueror’s group who she was with since the beginning. You all made it possible for Mara to hang in there when the times got tough, and cheered with her when times were good. Bless every one of you. Memorials preferred to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, MN, or the HealthEast Affirming Life Retreat Fund at HealthEast Foundation, St. Paul, MN. Memorial service, Friday, April 5, 11 AM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2499 N. Helen St., North St. Paul, with a gathering one hour prior to the service at the church.