January 23, 1928 - November 10, 2018
Viola May Cotton, 90, of Farmers Branch, Texas, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018. Viola was a beloved wife, mother and Meemaw to seven children and four grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Viola was born on January 23, 1928, in St. Joseph, Missouri and raised in Fortescue, Missouri along with her brothers and sisters by her parents, Roy Alva (a dairy worker, farmer, and itinerant preacher in the Pentecostal movement) and Ruth Alvera (Case) Burton (school teacher and homemaker.)
Viola was introduced to Bob Cotton by his matchmaking sister Rosie, a close friend from high-school. Viola and Bob married on April 3, 1948. One of their first dates was at a carnival in Fortescue, Missouri that had a fortune teller booth. The fortune teller told Viola that she would travel the world and she thought that would never happen to a girl from a small town like Fortescue.
In addition to family vacations and Navy Reunions all over the U.S., after Bob retired he became a consultant for AMF and they traveled to Australia (where they showed them how to make ice tea), Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, England, France, Denmark, Egypt and Brazil, so that fortune came true.
Viola loved to play cards (Shanghai), watch Wheel of Fortune, and have all the right answers for Jeopardy, however, her favorite pastime was to watch The Texas Rangers. While her eye sight was still good she enjoyed needle pointing, cross-stitching, and completing jig-saw puzzles. She had a wonderful sense of humor that she passed down to her children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Robert Cleo Cotton, her parents Roy Alva and Ruth Alvera (Case) Burton and her siblings, Dorothy Ellison, Darwin Burton, Robert Burton, Charles Burton, David Burton, and Lois Sheets.
Viola is survived by her children Robert Eugene Overmyer-Cotton and wife Mary Kathryn; Madeline Rose Cotton; Raymond Keith Cotton; Rhonda May Khorasani and husband Afzal; Richard Lee Cotton; Roger Allen Cotton and Rebekah Jo Sanders and husband Aaron; grandsons Brandon Lee Cotton and wife Meghan; Cleo Abbas Khorasani; Ali Abbas Khorasani and Evan Samuel Cantrell; and great-granddaughter Reagan Cotton She is survived by her sister Martha Jo Stasio, Itasca, Texas and brother Andrew Burton of Oklahoma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Elysian Hospice for the care and supporting love of our mother and of us. We would also like thank Jasmine with All Weather Friends For Seniors for her assistance to us in the past few months with providing additional care and support. We thank Midway Hills Christian Church for their prayers, as our mother was a devoted member of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The family will be receiving friends and extended family for visitation and viewing on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
Celebration of Life service will be on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 am at Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas 75229
Interment will be on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
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