COTTON, Bessie M. (Edwards)

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Funeral service for Bessie Mae Cotton, age 97 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in the Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Chuck Patterson will officiate.

Bessie Mae was born the daughter of Daniel Edwards and Pirl Grow Edwards on Sept. 18, 1914 in Swink. She died on July 21, 2012 in Chickasha.

Bessie attended Lucile School, east of Chickasha, and lived in the Chickasha area all of her life.

She married Raymond Dillard Cotton on May 10, 1933 in Chickasha. Bessie worked in a sewing factory, cafT, and cotton gin early in her life.

She began working at Oklahoma College for Women in the housekeeping department and retired as the housekeeping supervisor at the age of 70.

She was a longtime member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Bessie had many hobbies including gardening, sewing, quilting, and spending time with her family.

She was a strong-willed woman who was filled with wisdom, strength, a strong work ethic, and an enormous love for the Lord that she shared with the rest of her family.

She enjoyed Sunday dinners with her family where she blessed them with her home cooking and the best pecan pies in the South. Her grandchildren cherish memories of helping her in the garden, making homemade ice cream and listening to her stories of their parents and grandparents.

From these experiences she passed down life lessons and instilled the importance of faith She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Pirl Edwards, her husband, Raymond Cotton, son, Gilbert Cotton and grandchildren, Courtney Cotton, Noah Cotton, and Diana Carins.

Survivors include: Son: Raymond R. Cotton of Greenbrier, Ark., Son: Jerry Lee Cotton of Chickasha, Son: Ronald Cotton of Sherman, Texas, Daughter: Lois Niethammer of Freeland, Mich., Son: Virgil Ray Cotton of Prosperty, SC and numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.