Dorothy Lea Cotton, 94, of Alton, Mo., was born Sept. 4, 1914, in Wynne, Ark. She died Oct. 5, 2008, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains, Mo.
Dorothy Lea came to Oregon County, Mo., in 1938, from Wynne to teach English and music. She taught at Couch School, Thomasville School and Alton School. She married L. R. "Red" Cotton of Couch, Mo., on June 30, 1941. They owned and operated the Western Auto and Alton Gas Company.
She is survived by: two daughters, Janet Bond and husband Paul of Aurora, Mo., and Barbara Dethrow and husband Mike of Alton, Mo.; three grandchildren, Justin Bond and wife, Holly of Lee's Summit, Mo., Netanya Bond of Raytown, Mo., and Michael Dethrow and wife Susannah of Jonesboro, Ark.; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Pat Cotton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, T. E. and Vernette Lines; husband, "Red" Cotton; brothers, Richard and Fred Lines.
Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Alton United Methodist Church with Reverends Paul and Janet Bond and James Shrieves. Burial followed at Smith Cemetery in Alton. Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Alton.
Contributions may be made to the Alton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 383, Alton, MO 65606.
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