MILFORD – Marion R. Cotten, 84, who with her husband operated a Town of Milford dairy farm for 36 years, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.
Born Aug. 1, 1935, in the Town of Butternuts, Marion was the daughter of Fields and Lulu (Smith) Miller.
She was raised in the family home on Fields Miller Road (named for the family) and graduated from Gilbertsville High School in the Class of 1955. She married her sweetheart, Lloyd Cotten on Nov. 17, 1956.
From 1956 until his death in June of 1993, Lloyd and Marion owned and together operated their dairy farm on county Highway 35 in the Town of Milford. Following Lloyd’s death Marion and her boys, Ed and Dennis continued operating the farm, becoming the third generation of Cottens to have farmed the land. The farm was ultimately sold in 1999.
In her spare time, Marion was a homemaker, baker (she was well known for her apple pies), maker of crafts of all sorts (crocheting, knitting, beading and plastic canvas arts) and enjoyed frequenting garage and lawn sales.
Marion is survived by her two sons, Edward (Debi) Cotten of the Milford area, and Dennis Cotten (Lisa Fleming), also of the Milford area; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Sylvia Barrett, Pastor, will be held at the Milford Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. The family will be in attendance Thursday before the service from 2 to 3 p.m. to receive friends. Burial will follow the service in Milford Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.