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Camilla F. (Stevens) Cottrell

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IPSWICH - Camilla F. (Stevens) Cottrell, 96, formerly of Pittsfield, died Sunday, May 13, 2012 in the Essex Park Rehabilitation Center following a long battle with dementia. She was the wife of the late Ernest Gordon Cottrell who died in 1967.
Born on a farm in Potter Hill, N.Y., the daughter of Frank and Ethel (Whittle) Stevens, she attended Hoosick Falls High School, and upon graduating entered Samaritan Hospital in Troy, N.Y., as a nursing student. Following graduation in 1937 she and her husband married and began their family in Pittsfield. The Cottrells moved back to Hoosick Falls for a few years and returned to Pittsfield for 50 years before she relocated to Ipswich in 2001.
Mrs. Cottrell was an excellent seamstress and taught at the YWCA in Pittsfield. For many years she was employed by Elise Farrar Dress Shoppe in Lenox. She took pride in her home but enjoyed traveling.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield and the Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich.
Mrs. Cottrell is survived by two children and their spouses: Steven and Beverly (Baker) Cottrell of Ipswich and Natalie and John Gleason of St. James, N.Y.; five grandchildren John Gleason, Mark Cottrell, Amy Gleason, Bethany Continuo and Naomi Cottrell; a brother, Elwin Stevens of Troy, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Emmajane Cottrell of Hoosick, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012 preceded by an hour of visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, 80 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, N.Y., followed by burial in the Maplewood Cemetery, Hoosick Falls. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Her work is done, rest in peace.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich, Mass.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 45 Central Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. To leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 15, 2012
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