Marie Elizabeth (Fisher) Cotton

Born: Fri., Nov. 30, 1928
Died: Tue., Oct. 28, 2014


Memorial Service

11:30 AM Sun., Nov. 23, 2014
Location: Amos Chapel at Dorothy Love Retirement Community


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Marie Elizabeth Fisher Cotton, age 85, died peacefully at the Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney, Ohio on October 28, 2014, hours after the death of her beloved husband of 64 years, Wendell F. Cotton.   Marie taught English at Midview High School, Grafton, Ohio for 20 years.  She designed and taught a “Bible as Literature” course.   Marie also, seeing how many of her students from the effects of alcoholism in the family, started Ala-Teen support group.   Many students thanked her for her devotion to teaching, several crediting Marie with inspiring them to become teachers themselves.   Marie was a devoted member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), founding, with husband Wendell, the Sidney Quaker group.  Marie spent quiet devotional time with God daily.   Her genuine compassion for all persons touched everyone who met her.   Marie was preceded in death by parents, Martha (nee Recht) and Thomas W. Fisher of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   Marie is survived by sisters Barbara Nichols of Milbury, Ohio, Ellen Smith of Tampa, Florida and brother, Thomas H. (Linda) Fisher of McMinnville, Tennessee.   Children:  Corrine (Joe) Precourt of Sandspit, British Columbia, Brad (Toye) Cotton of Circleville, Ohio, Ryan (Karen) Cotton of Holland, Michigan and Tyler (Laura) Cotton of Elyria, Ohio as well as 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.   There will be no visitation.   Marie has unselfishly donated her body to the Ohio State University College of Medicine.   A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Marie and her husband Wendell is scheduled at the Amos Chapel, Dorothy Love Retirement Community on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM.  Memorial gifts may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.   Marie’s bright presence will be deeply missed.    Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements.    Condolences may be expressed to the Cotton family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:   www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com





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Karen L. Stueve
   Posted Thu October 30, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of dear, sweet Marie and Wendell. I was their dental hygienist for many, many years and I considered both of them to be my friends. (they were my liberal buddies!!) Marie and I had corresponded a few times over the years, but after I was no longer a dental hygienist, we became pen-pals and she often told me about family visits, and they were both so proud of the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren. I know that Wendell loved to travel, so I tried to send photos of places I had been when I could, and I had just mailed a letter to Marie on Monday. I hope she saw it. I was so sad to hear of their passing, but so happy for both of them that they are together. I felt privileged to be their friend. Again, I am so sorry for your loss, but please know that they will not be forgotten.

Karen L. Stueve, RDH

kelly&linda Agin
   Posted Thu October 30, 2014
Brad,Toye and family you have are deepest sympathy and prayers it is hard to put the right words down but know we care and are thinking of you all.

Linda Bell
   Posted Sun November 02, 2014
These 2 were the sweetest people. I delivered meals everyday. I loved talking to Marie. I miss both of them. God's speed.

PAUL, JACKIE AND CHRIS PAIS
   Posted Wed November 05, 2014
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF YOU PARENTS, TYLER. HAVING BEEN THROUGH THE SAME LOSS I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. JUST KEEP THE THOUGHT OF ALL THE EXPERIENCES YOU HAD WITH THEM AND KNOW THE FULL AND REWARDING LIFE THEY HAD. FROM WHAT I HAVE READ, QUITE AN ENJOYABLE AND INTERESTING LIFE AT THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER, BUT OUR SON CHRIS PLAYED MIDVIEW SOCCER UNDER YOU WHEN YOU WERE IN CHARGE OF THE LEAGUE AND IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. YOU BROUGHT GREAT INSIGHT INTO THE GAME. HE ALSO WAS KNOWN AS "ROCKET" ON THE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM. AT THE TIME I NEVER MADE THE CONNECTION WITH YOUR NAME BUT YOUR MOTHER WAS MY HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER AND SHE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST AND CARING TEACHERS I HAD EVER HAD. ALL THESE YEARS I HAVE ALWAYS REMEMBERED HER. WELL, GOD BLESS AND TAKE CARE.

BEST REGARDS,
PAUL PAIS
JACKIE PAIS
CHRIS PAIS "ROCKET"

Rita Coffman Hall
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Mrs. Cotton was my teacher at Midview. I had her for English, and met with her and a group of others teens once a week for Ala-Teen. She was the most caring, gentle, nurturing teacher I have ever had. I have thought of her often through the years, wondering where she was and what she was and who's life was she impacting at that moment. I often wanted to find her to let her know what an impact she had on my life and where I am today vs. where I could of been today. With her help, compassion and guidance believe I became a person she would of been proud of. She will be missed but will never be forgotten. She will always have a special place in my heart, for helping me through some of the darkest moments in my life as a teen of an alcoholic. My thoughts and prayers to her family as I am sure she will be deeply missed.

Stacy
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Mrs. Cotton was my favorite high school teacher. I remember her getting emotional when reading a poem about a husband and wife passing before the other. She had to leave the room to compose herself. I'll always remember that. I wish I could remember the poem. May they both rest in peace.

Dan & Barb Jarzynkowski
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Our deepest condolences of the passing of Wendell and Marie. My husband and I have the good fortune to be occupying what is referred to as “the Cotton House” here on Hawley Road in Oberlin. The home is just as they were, a good strong foundation, simple, pure rooms, with no muss and fuss added. I will always remember getting the grand tour of the home and property. The swing on the back porch is still there, and a big comfortable chair looks out over the Christmas trees planted in the front yard. They were such good kind people. We signed the purchase agreement at the dining room table. And for the 20+ years since, we received an “anniversary card” from Marie. May you all find peace and comfort in the memories of lives well lived. Dan & Barb Jarzynkowski

Rosalie Howard
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Dear Cotton Family,
I was touched by the passing of your dear parents within hours of each other. Since the obituary was published in the Oberlin New Tribune, the news has been circulated among our classmates, and I went searching for a way to relay sympathies and to connect with the family. Corinne, I don't think we have communicated since H.S. Please feel free to drop me a line and tell me how life has treated you! I am in Indianapolis and had the privilege of attending the 40th and 45 H.S. reunions. We would love to see you again!
I also forwarded the obit to James & John. Take good care. Love to you all.

Nancy Gildner
   Posted Fri November 07, 2014
Dear Cotton Family, please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your parents. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am grateful to have known your parents and many of us are keeping you all in our hearts at this time. Love and sympathy to you all, Nancy Gildner

Karen Schoonmaker Freudenberger
   Posted Sun November 09, 2014
Dear Ryan, Karen, and Cottons all,

Reading these obituaries, I wish that I had known your parents better during the times we shared in the Oberlin schools. They were obviously interesting and truly wonderful human beings. I know that their good influence has been transmitted down through the family and will continue to influence future generations. No one can wish for a better legacy than that.

With admiration for them and fond wishes to you,
Karen

Laura Cotton
   Posted Tue January 27, 2015
I do miss my mother in law and wish I could see all the condolences.

Sabron Reynolds Newton
   Posted Wed June 24, 2015
I want to express my condolences to Corinne and the rest of the family of Marie and Wendell, friends and correspondents since the early 1960s when I was living in Oberlin. Last winter I missed the calendar that Marie always sent at holiday time, and this spring her birthday greeting, so checked online recently and learned of their deaths. The last time we saw them was in 2009 when we were in Ohio for a school reunion. I will surely miss hearing from them. Sabron Newton in Whittier CA.