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Irene Cotten

Irene Cotten

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 1:19 pm

 The Messenger. 12.15.08

Irene (Persell) Cotten, 93, of Memphis, formerly of Union City, died Dec. 13, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown.

Graveside services were set for 11:30 a.m. today at East View Cemetery, with Dr. David Russell officiating. 

White-Ranson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 10, 1915, in Martin, daughter of the late Willis Leonodus and Minnie Verna (Freeman) Persell. She married Harold Munford Cotten Dec. 22, 1946. He died Feb. 28, 1977. She had been a receptionist and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis.

Survivors include her daughter, Wilma Boutwell of Memphis; her sister, Imogene Owens of Union City; two grandchildren, Amy Potempa and Rob Boutwell, both of Memphis; four great-grandchildren, Andrew Hunter Potempa, Parker Reed Potempa, Gracyn Ann Boutwell and Allison Bell Boutwell, all of Memphis; and several nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site:

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