Adeline Ann Cotton
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Adeline Ann Cotton, age 84, of Yankton, South Dakota died, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren: Joseph D. Cotton, Nicholas W. Cotton, Steven R. Cotton, John M. Cotton, Ashley L. Cotton, Jeffrey D. Cotton Jr., Edward M. Cotton, Jacob B. Hobbs, and Joey D. Hobbs.

Adeline Ann Cotton was born July 25, 1931, in Hand County, South Dakota, to Lawrence and Helen (Schaeffer) Sommer. She lived on the family farm near Ree Heights, South Dakota for a few years until the family moved to Miller, South Dakota. Adeline attended Miller High School, graduating in 1950. She worked at Northwestern Bell as an operator and married Donald W. Cotton on October 21, 1951, in Memphis, Tennessee. They moved to Whidbey Island Naval Base in Seattle, Washington for a short time. Adeline moved back to Miller, South Dakota, while Don was serving in the Korean War. In 1972, they moved to Yankton, South Dakota and Adeline began operating a daycare out of her home in 1980, which she continued for over 20 years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She always took care of her family and loved spending time with them. She enjoyed being a homemaker, loved little children and operating her daycare. Her faith was a very important part of her life making sure her children always attended catechism and CCD.

Survivors include her four children: Ken (Mary) Cotton of Wagner, South Dakota; Jeff (Mindy) Cotton of Champlin, Minnesota; Beckie Hobbs of Harvest, Alabama; and Deborah (Rhonda) Cotton of Yankton; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; brother, Dave (Darlene) Sommer of Englewood, Colorado; two sisters, Jenise Marshall of San Manuel, Arizona and Audrey Campbell of Miller, South Dakota; two sisters-in-law, Faye Sommer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Laurel Sommer of Yankton; brother-in-law, Dave McNamara of Sioux Falls; very special friend, Judy Hackett; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Joel Hobbs; two brothers, Alvin and Raphael Sommer; two sisters, Mary Herman and Judith McNamara; three brothers-in-law, DeWayne Herman, Ron Campbell and Ken Marshall.


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I just want to give my sympathy for your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Addie was a great lady she watched my daughters for years Katie and Isabelle and I was thankful we found her. She was always kind and loving to my girls. I wish we could give our sympathy in person but we have recently moved away from Yankton. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Alicia, Adam, and girls

My sympathy to the family. she is my first cousin. and even though I haven't seen her in awhile I remember her well.  Cherish the memories. she was a special person. So sorry for your loss.

Joyce Schaefers Wieseler


lori schmidt

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