Kay Cotton
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Kay Cotton, age 65, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

A memorial service will be 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. A private family burial will take place in Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Kay Ellen Cotton was born June 25, 1950, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Pershing and Flora Lea (Tower) Sylliaasen. She grew up on a farm near Mission Hill, South Dakota and graduated from Volin High School in 1968. She married Kim Cotton on June 19, 1970 in Mission Hill. Together they own and operate Cotton Oil in Yankton.

Kay was a very hardworking, strong and faithful woman. She was a member of Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill for many years and Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. She enjoyed attending bible studies, cooking, boating, fishing, and gardening, but especially loved being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Kim Cotton of Yankton; son, Cory Cotton of Yankton; three brothers: Dennis (Maddie) Sylliaasen of Chula Vista, California; Jeff (Susan) Sylliaasen of Garretson, South Dakota; and Steve (Ellen) Sylliaasen of Rapid City, South Dakota; sister, Ann (Terry) Suing of Yuma, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.




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Such a sweet, lovable, strong, funny lady...I am honored to have been given the chance to know Kay. Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories. My sympathy and prayers go out to Kay's family.

Connie Mors


I was so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She fought a long hard fight... Kay was very special to the Remington family, & I am sure many, many other families. Where I am glad to have her not suffering anymore, I am selfishly sad she is no longer with us. My last interaction with her was at my house, after her eye surgery. She loved up my puppy as only Kay could... with 100% love and emotion. We grew up with Kay, Kim and Cory close... & they were always considered family to us, even Grandma Dort, who thought so highly of them all. She will be missed... I wish I had words to make the hurt lessen, but I don't. Please know we hurt with you, & selfishly wish Kay were still with us.

Chad & Amy Remington


Sending my sympathy from AZ...sooo many memories and sooo many fun times with a very special lady. My heart goes out to you, her family, and I pray for happy thoughts and comfort for you all.

Jane (Allison)Kress


So sad to hear. I miss her smiling face and laughter when I used to fill up cars from Robinson Ehret. Deepest sympathy to Kim, Cory and family.

Chris Hilson


After my husband died, I bought gas at Cotton's station and Kay was working the pump...... Not having lived here very long, it seems I was always lost, so I would always turn to her for directions. Such a nice gal. My sympathy to the family.

Barbara Mach


So sad to hear. I will miss her funny laughter and her great personality when you would go to the station. and also her smiling face. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and Cory and family.

Mark and Carla Hansen


We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Kay. She was always so friendly and nice. Our prayers are with all of you.

Loran & Kathy Tramp


Memories of so long ago - my best friend at Vangen. Prayers for comfort and strength.

Julie Hill Cox


So sorry to hear about Kay. Your in my prayers. Take care.

Jim Scoblic


I am very sorry for you Kim and your family.

Daryll Halverson


Kim & Cory and the rest of the family. We were very sorry to hear about Kay. I always enjoyed cutting Kay's hair and our conversations when she came in. May she rest in peace. Kay is in Gods arms now. God Bless You.

Duane & Jan Wittmeier


I met Kay when I was in college many years ago. I absolutely loved her, such a great lady. I stopped in at the station a few times after I left Yankton and she always remembered me, always friendly. So sorry for your loss..

Barb Nincehelser (Hamberger)


I remember Kay from when I grew up in Yankton. I went to school with her son Cory. My dad Jamed Schurman always filled up with gas at Cotton Oil on Fridays and Kay always said hi to us and Cory would be there too washing car windows. My deepest sympathies to Kay's entire family and friends.

Cathy Cap (Schurmsn)


I'm very sorry to hear about Kay's passing. I remember her well from spending time with Ann at the Sylliaasen home and from Cotton Oil. My thoughts are with the entire family.

Karen Nielsen Thompson

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