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Mary Josephine “Phenie” Cotterman

Mary Josephine “Phenie” Cotterman, 91, of Somerset, died March 22, 2013, at Chapel Grove Inn in Heath, and joined the love of her life in Heaven.

Josephine was born July 26, 1921, in Fairfield County, the daughter of the late Robert and Esta Faye Miller Tribble.

She was a graduate of Rushville Union High School; a member of Zion United Church of Christ, and grew up in the Oakthorpe Christian Union Church, of which she attended both churches. She taught Sunday School for many years, and was a Past Worthy Matron of the Rushville Eastern Star. Josephine was a cook at Sheridan Junior and Senior High Schools. She was a great cook and beautiful quilter and seamstress, and could stitch up a whole outfit in an afternoon. She loved her flowers and humming birds, and decorated many wedding cakes.

Josephine is survived by her children, Donald James (Patricia) Cotterman of Nashport, Richard Douglas (Linda) Cotterman of Somerset, Kenneth Eugene (Donna) Cotterman of Thornville, and Paulette Faye (Randy) Starner of Somerset; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Judy) Tribble; three sisters, Betty Harlan, Marjorie Hite and Jane (Ed) Palmer; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Cotterman; and a sister, Violet Young.

Services were held March 26, 2013, at the Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset, with Dr. Herbert Hicks officiating, assisted by Pastor Brad Jones. Burial followed in Zion Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memory Unit at Chapel Grove Inn, 1400 Chapel Way, Heath, Ohio 43056; or to Oakthorpe Church Building Fund, 6075 Oakthorpe Rd., Thornville, Ohio 43076.

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