Margaret L. Cotrell

  • Born: February 18, 1915
  • Died: November 28, 2012
  • Location: Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Cotrell Funeral Service

701 Vine Street
PO Box 548
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Tel. (573) 785-8484

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret Louise Metz Cotrell, age 97, a retired funeral director and former owner and operator of Cotrell Funeral Service, died Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM. Mrs. Cotrell was born February 18, 1915 in Poplar Bluff, the third of Lynn and Columbia Metz' seven children. After graduating from William Woods College in 1935 with a degree in music, she pursued her business education at the Bluff Business College. On July 1, 1936 she was married to Scott A. Cotrell II who preceded her in death on March 30, 1951.

During her life, Mrs. Cotrell was active with church, family, business and community. In 1938 she and her husband, Scott, bought the Frank Undertaking Company, renaming it the Frank-Cotrell Funeral Home. The funeral chapel was located at 412 Vine St. and remained there until 1960 when the 701 Vine Street location was built under her direction. After the death of her husband in 1951, she managed the company until she was joined in the business by her son, Larry, in 1965. At the time of her retirement, she had played the organ for over 10,000 funeral services.

Margaret Cotrell ran her business with such quiet dignity few were aware of the challenges she faced. Only on the occasion of the four day funeral service for a well-known gypsy king did her professional life enter local legend.

In 1961, she was the first woman to be elected to the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was the first woman to serve as a Trustee in the First Presbyterian Church. A lifetime member of the church, she sang in the choir for over 70 years. In 1961 she was honored as "Career Woman of the Year." Mrs. Cotrell was a member of Chapter DG, P.E.O., the Monday Study Club and the Presbyterian Women's Association.

Survivors include three sons: Scott Cottrell III and wife, Kathryn, of Punta Gorda, Florida; Larry Cotrell and wife, Ann, of Poplar Bluff; and Jack Cotrell of Clearwater, Florida. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Scott Cotrell IV of Tampa, Florida, Lee Cotrell of Poplar Bluff, and Susan Cotrell Wallace of Chicago, Illinois; and four great-granddaughters. Two sisters, Frances Godwin and Rose McDaniel and a sister-in-law, Jan Metz, survive. Three brothers, Lynn Metz Jr., Gene Metz and Col. James H. Metz; a sister, Mary Crowe Carter and a sister-in-law, Henrietta Metz preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2nd at Cotrell Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Debra Tracy officiating. Burial will be at the Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Poplar Bluff Public Library.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Larry and ann and Susan
I sorry about your mom she was special
lady she will be missed god bless you
your Friend Jon Ferguson XX

Posted by Jon Ferguson - Freeport, IL - friend of larrys   January 17, 2013

Larry, Ann and Jack,
Your mother was an incredible human being. I had not heard about her death until today, when I was searching for Randy Bloodworth's obituary. The sweet photo of your mother reminded me of her voice and what a lovely woman she was. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Janie Barbour Walters - Austin, TX - friend   January 03, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Charlotte (Griffith) Vouaux - San Diego, CA - Friend   December 06, 2012

Prayers go out to the Cotrell family. The respect for your mother. She was one in a million. I remember helping (I thought I was helping my dad building the stage for the gypsy funeral celebration) it was amazing. Just one of my many memories. Heaven has an Angel. Thoughts and prayers be with you at this time.

Posted by Carvin (Buddy) & Julie Keele - Poplar Bluff, MO - Friend   December 06, 2012

My sincerest sympathy to my dear friend Larry and his family.

No excuses. This one slipped by me. Mrs. Cotrell was a genuine lady who meant so much to so many.


Posted by Jasper N. Edmundson - Poplar Bluff, MO - Friend   December 03, 2012

All within the families of the departed, will weep at the loss of this great lady.

Posted by Hardy & Merna Mannon Jr.    December 02, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Brad James - Malden, MO   November 30, 2012

A beautiful lady who served her community, her family, her church, her business, and her God with diginity and grace. She will be missed but not forgotten by those who had the pleasure to know her. God bless.8

Posted by Ann Ruth Pemberton - QUINCY, IL - friend   November 30, 2012


She was one of the nicest ladies that I have ever met. She would come to the Courthouse and visit with us girls in the County Clerks Office from time to time. I really enjoyed being around her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Teresa Carroll Ward - Friend of the Family   November 30, 2012