Jan 02, 2020 10:30 PM

Ora Juanita "Jack" Cotton (1918 - 2019)

Posted Jan 02, 2020 10:30 PM

Ora Juanita "Jack" Cotton, age 101, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away on December 23, 2019 at the North Platte Care Center.

Jack was born on July 31, 1918 in Cope Colorado to Jesse Lee and Maria May (Gray) Bandy.  She grew up in Garden County, Nebraska on the family ranch.  On October 26, 1935, in Alliance, Nebraska, she married John Robert Cotton in a double wedding with her sister, Thelma, and her husband, Billie Gordon.  Bob and Jack lived on the Bandy Family Ranch and worked for several other ranches before moving to Tryon, Nebraska in 1946.  They started carrying mail in 1946 on a rural mail route of approximately 75 miles, six days a week, in sun, rain and snow, and continued that for 33 years.  It was there that Jack developed her distaste for snow and cold weather after having to scoop and walk to neighboring houses many times.  They built the Cotton Cafe in Tryon, Nebraska in February 1954 and operated it until 1956.  In the Spring, from 1973 until 1988, Jack worked for Huebner's Garden Center.  It was her dream job allowing her to plant and tend all the plants in the greenhouses.  She developed a lifelong friendship with the Huebner family and credited them with teaching her all she knew about flowers.

Jack's interests were many.  She and Bob traveled many miles camping in tents and campers, one homemade by Bob.  They were in every state in the U.S., except Alabama, across Canada and into Mexico and the Caribbean Islands, and went on several cruises.  Jack always wanted to be on the move even to her last days in her wheelchair.  She loved flowers and her yard and spent many hours in the yard and greenhouse that her son, Bobby, built for her.  In her down time, she seemed to always have needles in her hands either crocheting or knitting.  She made beautiful tablecloths for all her granddaughters as wedding gifts, sweater coats, afghans too numerous to count, and in her later years, she made stacks of covered clothes hangers to give away.  Her most unusual interest was digging for and finding antique bottles in abandoned homesteads and dumps.  She and a couple of friends could be found with the dirt flying and an occasional holler of "Look what I found!"  Jack was strong, fiercely independent, needed little material goods, and never complained about her lot in life.  She was a rock in her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Anthony and Reva (Bill) Coulter all of North Platte, Nebraska; daughter-in-law, Lois Cotton of Stapleton, Nebraska; grandchildren, Deana (Aaron) Whittemore of Bozeman, Montana, Terri (fiance Alex Kiss) Cotton of Monrovia, California, Bobbi Jaye Cotton of Morgan Hill, California, Craig (Hillary) Cotton of Omaha, Nebraska, Kimra (Mark) Schipporeit of Kearney, Nebraska, Mark (Ranee) Anthony of Alliance, Nebraska, and Rebecca (fiance Jason Bennett) Coulter of Lincoln, Nebraska; 9 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; her son, Robert Boyd (Bobby); son-in-law, Otis Anthony; and two granddaughters, Leanna Coulter and Rebecca Cotton.

Memorials are suggested to the McPherson County Fire Department or the Tryon Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.

Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Reverend Mark Baldwin officiating.  Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Nebraska.  Visitation will be from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

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Harold D. Parsons  (1938 - 2020)

Harold D. Parson, age 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska died on January 1, 2020 in Gothenburg.  He was born on January 26, 1938 in Cozad, Nebraska, the son of Herbert and Freda (Buss) Parsons.

Harold grew up in the Cozad & Willow Island areas of Nebraska.  He attended rural schools at Cozad.  On February 6, 1956 he married Lorene Tunison at Lexington, Nebraska and to this union four children were born, Patsy, Peggy, Chris and Cheryl.  In March of 1956 he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in California, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Japan.  After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to the Cozad area.  The family lived in Maxwell, Gothenburg and Cozad in Nebraska.  He lived in Cozad and made that his home until his last few years when he moved to Gothenburg,  Nebraska.  Harold spent many years working at the hay mill, co-op, and Monroe's in Cozad.  He enjoyed making things with his hands, welding and spending time with horses.  His family was his pride and joy, and he cherished time with them.  Harold was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Cozad.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene M. Parsons of Gothenburg, Nebraska; four daughters, Patsy (Kenneth) Barta Nichols of Cozad, Nebraska, Peggy (and the late Warren) Rice of Kearney, Nebraska, Chris (Jerry) Sabin of North Platte, Nebraska, and Cheryl (Troy) Oelkers of Cozad, Nebraska; three brothers, Larry (Connie) Parsons of Great Bend, Kansas, Gene (Shirley) Parsons of Cozad, Nebraska, and Dick Parsons of Gothenburg, Nebraska; 20 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Bob Parrett, Frank (Pat) Tunison, and Russell (Danielle) Tunison, all of Cozad; many nieces and nephews, along with other extended family members and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lucille Parrett and Sharon Carpenter Weeder; six brothers, Melvin Parsons, Don Parsons, Dwayne Parsons, Kenneth Parsons, Ronald Parsons, and Raymond Parsons; two sons-in-law, Edward Barta, Jr., husband of Patsy, and Warren Rice, husband of Peggy; sister-in-law, Violet Hayes; in-laws, Sylvester & Mable Tunison; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Tunison.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street in Gothenburg, Nebraska on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, January 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the family for a later designation.  To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.