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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Betty Cottom

Betty Cottom (Penner)

Tuesday, November 25th, 1941 - Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
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Betty Lou Cottom was born on November 25, 1941 in her parents’ home on the family farm at the base of the Gloss Mountains near Fairview, Oklahoma and took her first breath in heaven on November 5, 2019. Betty was the middle child born to Edd A. and Florence Kiefer Penner having an older brother, Harold and a younger sister, Shirley. She attended Roscoe School, a one-room country school house, through the 8th grade and graduated from Fairview High School in 1959. Betty’s family was active in the Flying Farmers and she was a charter member of the Junior Flying Farmers. At the age of 17, she received the “Land It” award when she flew and landed her father’s airplane. She was also named Oklahoma’s first Flying Farmerette in 1958. Betty attended Enid Business College for a year, receiving a Secretarial Degree, earned the Cromwell Award for having the highest grade- point average and was named the “Outstanding Girl.” It was there during a typing class that Betty and her ponytail caught the eye of Marvin Cottom and the two were married in Fairview on September 2, 1961. They made their home in Oklahoma City, and found a church home at Shartel Church of God where they faithfully attended for more than fifty-five years. Betty was a wonderful wife and loving mother to their three children and had the ability to turn a house into a home. Betty loved the Lord with her whole heart and was faithful to the end. She was a gifted musician: playing the piano, ukulele, and banjo by ear and sang in the church choir for many years. She also wrote many clever songs—most of them about farm life or her grandchildren. Betty was the consummate hostess and enjoyed entertaining friends and family in her home. She had an eye for decorating and made the best chocolate chip cookies in the whole wide world. Betty became regarded as the family photographer and documented family get togethers, vacations and holidays, providing all of her grandchildren with personalized albums. She retained her small-town charm, even while she and Marvin traveled all over the world and made many friends along the way. Betty was classy, gracious, and a true fighter to the end. She loved people through the eyes of Jesus and there is no greater legacy.
Betty is survived by her three children: daughter, Cindy Borden, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son, Darren and Polly Cottom of Mutual, Oklahoma; Steve and Heather Cottom, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her grands and her great-grands were her pride and joy and they loved and adored Grandma Betty. Her eight grandchildren: Kyle and Christin Borden, Jandolyn and Blake Overton, Mackenzie Borden, Cody and Kelsey Cottom, Julia and Heath Albert, Savannah, Summer and Shane Cottom. Nine great-grandchildren: Kylie, Gunnar, and Finley Beth Borden, Kaden, Blaze, Raphe and Oakes Overton, and Caroline and Kinsley Cottom. She is also survived by her siblings: Harold and Gay Penner of Fairview, Oklahoma; Shirley and Ben Hardin of Georgetown, Texas; an uncle, Dan Penner of Medora, Kansas; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Marvin D. Cottom in 2016, her parents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes
    4000 SW 119th Street
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    Family will receive friends 6pm-8pm at the funeral home
  • Service

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 11:00am
    Shartel Church of God
    11600 S. Western
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    Pastor Steve Chiles
  • Interment

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 |
    Friday, November 8th, 2019
    Heritage Burial Park at South Lakes
    4000 S.W. 119th Street
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