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Mary Moulton Cotton
1854 – 31 January 1920
Obituary of Mary A. Cotton
The funeral of Mrs. Mary A. Cotton was held last Saturday morning from her late home in this city. Rev. J. M. Wilson conducted the services and interment was at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Cotton was born at Morley, St. Lawrence county, New York. Had she lived until the Tuesday following her death she would have been exactly 66 years of age. Her maiden name was Mary A. Moulton. At the age of 15 months she was brought with her parents to Iowa when the family home was taken up near Hopkinton. She was married December 21, 1871, to Hiram F. Cotton at Delhi. They resided at various places in the west, experiencing the hardships of pioneers on the plains of Nebraska, and undergoing a tedious trip by prairie schooner across the plains to the Pacific Slope. After some years spent in the west, the family returned to Iowa, and 33 years ago became residents of Anamosa. Six children were born to them. All but one son, Hiram, survive as follows: Fred of Kansas City; Will of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Emory Mowery of Boone; B. K. and Mrs. Louis Gardner of Anamosa. The Husband died April 17, 1906 Mrs Cotton is survived by two brothers, James and Reuben, who still reside near Hoptkinton.
The deceased was a woman of wonderful constitution, had a wealth of patience exhibited during years of suffering, and was possessed of a quaint humor and cheerful disposition. She was purely a home-body, and through her motherly attributes made her presence in the family circle a treasure. She possessed a keen mind and a wonderful memory stocked with witty sayings; pioneer day incidents and information gathered and preserved through the years of her life. She prized the companionship of close friends, and made her kindly spirit a benediction among her neighbors.

Source: Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 5 February 1920
Photo: Gail Wenhardt

The End of A Beautiful Life.
In the splendor of noon-day sunshine, Death cast its shadow over the Cotton home in this city and carried away in his cold embrace the gentle spirit of the mother to her heavenly home.Wednesday.
Mrs. Mary Cotton was a native of .New York where she was born sixty-six years ago. Her husband preceded her in death fifteen years ago. Anamosa has been the home of the Cotton family for more than thirty years. Five children are left to mourn the passing of a truly devoted mother: William of Ohio, Fred of Kansas City, Mrs. Nellie Mowrey of Boone, Bert and .Mrs. Sadie Gardner of this city.
For many years Mrs. Cotton was a semi invalid. Though frail from constant illness she never lost her kindliness, but had a smile and a kind word for everyone. The deceased was a real mother, a kind neighbor and truly christian woman, to know her was to love her.
As all members of the family are expected home and have not arrived as we go press, no funeral arrangements are made. Burial will be in the family lot in Riverside.

COTTON, Mary A (Moulton)
1854–(01/31/)1920, 65 yrs 11 mos 25 days
wife of Hiram F Cotton, mother of H J Cotton

Source: Unknown

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