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Ethel  Louise Cotton McPherson
 

Memorial for Ethel Louise Cotton McPherson

Born in Munday, Texas on Jan. 11, 1958
Departed on Mar. 15, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Friday, Apr. 6, 2012
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Rosemont Cemetery
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Born January 11, 1958 to Merrell and Liberty Bell Cotton, Ethel Louise Cotton was the second oldest of twelve children. Like most of her siblings, she was birthed in the Knox City, Texas hospital and raised in Munday, Texas. Her father was a truck driver and her mother was a home-maker when she wasn't working the cotton crops. Ethel enjoyed her small town upbringing and often missed being on the family farm. One of her fondest memories of was the animals that they raised, especially a pig that was allowed to be a house pet.

Growing up on a farm Ethel learned to be very resourceful and began cooking and caring for her family at a very young age. She enjoyed looking after her younger brothers and sisters as they came along. Even though she was very studious, to her the best thing about a new sibling was being able to stay home from school to watch the baby and HER , "Young & the Restless".

Ethel matriculated through Munday primary, middle, and high school with flying colors. By the time senior year came around, she was busy with Future Home Makers of America, The Munday Mogul Yearbook, Tom-Tom staff, and played clarinet in the Munday Mogul Marching Band. Ethel graduated with the spirited bicentennial class of 1976. Her cohorts and teachers described her fun, smart, a joy to be around and very ambitious.

After graduation, Ethel decided to move to Abilene, Texas. There she continued to work and make friends. Even though she was not at home to see to her siblings on a daily basis she still sent money home to help out with expenses. One of the great friends she met was Euella (McPherson) Elder while working at the Timex manufacturing plant. Euella introduced Ethel to her baby brother John McPherson (Hamlin, Texas). John and Ethel hit it off and were eventually married. They had two children together, Patrick Eugene McPherson and Jennifer Diane McPherson. The family was members of New Light Baptist Church where Ethel was the primary Sunday School teacher and John sang in the choir.

While raising her own children and taking care of her siblings back home, Ethel secretly enrolled in nursing school. Her mother Liberty states that she had no idea Ethel had taken up nursing classes until she was invited to the graduation. Soon after finishing her program at Cisco Junior College, Ethel decided to move Austin, Texas. She and John both began working for the State School of Texas. Ethel worked in several nursing and group homes. She eventually settled into a position as the Women Infants & Children's (W.I.C.)for the City of Austin. Ethel remained with the city for 13 years until she had to retire in 2004 due to kidney disease.

Ethel loved to travel and spend time with her family. She frequently would go to amusement parks such as Six Flags and Disney Land. She enjoyed day excursions to San Antonio and weekend getaways to Las Vegas. Going back home for homecoming was always a treat and she would introduce her children to family and old friends. Ethel spent several years in the Royalettes Social and Civic club. She was a member of Freedom Home Baptist Church(Austin), One Way Baptist Church (Round Rock) and Corner Stone Baptist Church (Pflugerville).

For 8 years and 5 months Ethel survived on dialysis. Although short, she lived a full life. She is survived by her mother Liberty Bell (Shannon) Cotton, son and daughter Patrick and Jennifer, & grandchildren Channon Jeweliet McPherson-Webb Melvin James McPherson, and Makheda Amirah Faith McPherson as well as Jason Michael Anderson Cotton, her adopted nephew; sisters Anita Jane "Poochie" (Cotton) Collier, Debra Marie (Cotton) Haase, and Linda Renea' Cotton. Brothers Alton William Cotton, Merrell Cotton II, Alton Marcell Cotton, and Christopher James Cotton. She has a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Merrell Cotton, Sr., maternal grandparents Walter and Myrtle Shannon, paternal grandparents Alton W. Cotton and Jewel Porter. Her brothers Patrick E. Cotton & Robert Earl Cotton and sisters Pearlie Faye Cotton and Mel KerNena Cotton.

Ethel is kindly referred to as "Tweety" by her whole family.
  

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