Carolyn Cotton

March 04, 1931 - November 02, 2015

Carolyn Cotton

March 04, 1931 - November 02, 2015


Mary Carolyn Gruger Cotton, 84, of Bellingham, passed away November 2, 2015 at home after a long struggle with cancer. Born March 4. 1931, Carolyn was the 3rd child and only daughter of William and Eleanor Gruger of Seattle. Raised predominately in Boise, Idaho, Carolyn attended college after high school until fate crossed her path. Not having a date for the dance during the Christmas holidays, her father took matters into his own hands, crossed the street to the local boarding house and cornered Tom Cotton. “Do you have a date for the dance tonight?” He inquired of a surprised Tom. “Why not?”, he persisted. “Well”, he continued, “I have just the girl for you” as he guided Tom back across the street to meet his daughter Carolyn. That dance was the start of a dance that lasted 60 years and took Carolyn and Tom on adventure after adventure as Tom worked as an agricultural engineer. Traveling to Afghanistan, Haiti, Egypt, Sri Lanka and several homes in the lower 48, Carolyn became a master mover and wrangler of several small children at once, five in all. Carolyn was an exceptional sewer, having a small home business and making all her daughters’ wedding dresses. She even received a sewing machine by winning the National Wool Growers competition with a stunning wool suit. After the children left home, Carolyn became active in the Bellingham Assistance League where she worked in the second hand shop and made items for the yearly fund raising auction. As well as sewing, Carolyn was an avid knitter, enjoyed a rousing game of bridge and loved square dancing with Tom, while showing off her latest dance dress creations. Tom couldn’t hang around for the final dance and made his final bow three years ago. Since that time Carolyn has looked forward to joining him again to rekindle the smitten love they had for each other. Carolyn is survived by her five children; sons David Cotton of Boise, ID, and Dan Cotton of Denver, CO; daughters Janie (Kirk) Nafsinger of Caldwell, ID, Ann (Martin) Osborne, and Karen (Bruce) Duim, both of Bellingham; and five grandchildren. Carolyn’s family will be hosting a festive event in celebration of her life. Friends and family friends are invited to join the family at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr., Bellingham, the afternoon of Sunday, November 15th, at 3:15. Memorial donations can be sent in her name to Assistance League Bellingham, P.O. Box 2998, Bellingham, WA 98227.

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: January 1, 1970 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: The Roeder Home
  • Location: 2600 Sunset Drive Bellingham, WA - (Get Directions)

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3 responses to Carolyn Cotton

  1. Cj says:

    I am very sorry to hear of you loss and wish to share with you a scripture at John 5: 28, 29, which states in part, that “all in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”, yes a resurrection to life. May it be that the “peace of God that excels all thought . . . guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus”.(Phil. 4:7) The Bible gives hope, a resurrection hope, for our love ones. John 5:28, 29 states that “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”. This is a sure hope, a real hope, that I too look forward.Please take care of yourselves, and each other. I Love you, but Jehovah loves you more.

  2. I’m so sorry I wasn’t there for the Celebration of Carolyn’s life. I hear it was very nice. Carolyn was a precious little soul and very brave during her prolonged illness and during her many overseas adventures as well. She will be missed.

  3. Pat Bergner says:

    Please accept my condolence on the passing of your mom. She was my neighbor here at Village at Cordata and it was my privilege to know her. She was a friendly, colorful gal with so many wonderful stories to share. She treasured her family. We will miss her. Sincerely, Pat Bergner

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