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Services for Patty Eileen Cotton, 79, of Allen are at 10 a.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at the Allen Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Allen Chapel from 4 p.m. Sunday until service time.
Mrs. Cotton passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at her home. She was born April 23, 1937, in Allen to Marshall Clayborn and Estella Mae Cook Whitehead. She graduated from Allen High School and also received an associate's degree.
She married Gerald Wayne Cotton June 1, 1955, in Ada. He preceded her in death Nov. 6, 1980. Mrs. Cotton was an inventory control manager in the administration office at Houston Community College until her retirement. Professionally, Patty was a member and served as an officer in the college Office of Professional Association and the National Secretaries Association. Patty loved sewing, quilting and canning. She was a member of the Ada and Allen Home, Community and Education clubs. She enjoyed helping with the quilts and wherever else needed at the Pontotoc County Fair. She had also been a member of the Ada and Allen Quilting clubs.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Cotton Welch and her husband, Dan, of Houston and Kelly Todd and her husband, Mike, of Allen; four grandchildren, Taylor Welch and his wife, Katy, of Houston, Kalenn Crane and her husband, Charles, of Rosenberg, Texas, and Atty Todd and Jack Todd, both of Allen; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Ben Welch; a brother, Fred Whitehead and his wife, Shirley, of Lawton; a sister-in-law, Joan Whitehead of Allen; a brother-in-law, Jack Bryant of Allen; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Mozelle Stephens, Lorraine Mitchell and Romaette Bryant; two brothers, Walter Whitehead and Marshall Whitehead; and a brother-in-law, O.S. Stephens.
Bearers will be Taylor Welch, Charles Crane, Dan Welch, Mike Todd, Carlous West and James Arnold.
Published on November 4, 2016
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