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“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 ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Jon Ferguson - Freeport, IL

“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...Read More »
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Charlotte (Griffith) Vouaux - CA

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Carvin (Buddy) & Julie Keele - MO

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jasper N. Edmundson - MO - Friend

“All within the families of the departed, will weep at the loss of this great lady. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Hardy & Merna Mannon Jr.

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7 of 9 | Posted by: Brad James - Malden, MO

“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...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ann Ruth Pemberton - QUINCY, IL

“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...Read More »
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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.

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