Funeral services for Mary E. Cothern, 94, of Portales will be at 2:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at 2:00 PM, Tues., Feb. 1, 2011 at the side of her husband in the Osceola Cemetery in Osceola, MO under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home. All family and friends will be honorary pallbearers.
Mary Ella Cothern was born October 7, 1916 in Roscoe, MO to the home of Mary and James McIntire and died in Clovis, NM on January 26, 2011. Mrs. Cothern grew up in Missouri, and on October 9, 1937 in Rich Hill, MO she was married to W. H. Cothern. The family moved to New Mexico in 1947 and lived in numerous places throughout the state before eventually settling in Alamogordo. In 1974, after her husband’s retirement, they moved to Osceola, Missouri. In 1993, Mrs. Cothern returned to Portales to be a caregiver for a sister-in-law. Mrs. Cothern was a devoted member of the Community of Christ Church in Clovis. She was an avid reader, and still belonged to two monthly book clubs.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Maria Cothern of Portales, NM and James Cothern of Odessa, TX; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, James, Charles and Ralph McIntire, two sisters, Maude Cothern and Abby Shepherd, two daughters-in-law, Lydia and Alice Cothern, two sons, William and Damon Cothern and by her husband, W. H. Cothern who died March 11, 1981.