Patricia Ann (Ruskie) Cotton

Cotton Patricia Ann (Ruskie) Cotton was born in Jersey City, NJ on Valentine's Day in 1938 to Sophia and Eugene Ruskie. This was appropriate because she was a sweetheart from day one. She died on September 24, 2013 after a long and brave battle with colorectal cancer. A loving daughter, sister, wife and mother, Pat a leaves behind a loving and diverse group of bereft friends, who will miss her sense of humor, kindness, compassion and wisdom. Pat loved to tell stories of an adolescence spent helping her family run a lunch counter and soda fountain across the street from Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. Her bedroom overlooked the park, and she had fond memories of a girlhood spent listening to the sounds of the roller coaster that drifted in her bedroom window. On New Years Eve 1962, Pat met Edmond Cotton, Jr. at a party where her then boyfriend was playing saxophone in the band. They were married in 1963 and had two daughters Laura and Suzanne. She was a loving, supportive and fun mother to her daughters and a 'surrogate mom' to many of the admiring young women she worked with throughout the years. Pat was a member of the Hilliard Garden Club, and her friends there showed amazing kindness, compassion and generosity during her illness. Pat loved her family, her cats, her trips to Las Vegas with her dear 'California Cottons' and her beautiful home. She was a happy person until the end. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Howard and her husband Edmond D Cotton, Jr. She is survived by her adored daughters, Laura (Edward Schiebel) and Suzanne (Joseph Theibert), both of Columbus; her beloved sister, Maureen (Geoff) Bartlett of Ridgefield, CT; lifelong friend, Lillian Moore; sisters-in-law, Kathe Cotton Reusing and Dodie Ruskie; and brother, Mark (Mary) Ruskie. Special thanks to the amazing people of Ohio Health Hospice and the wonderful staff of Sunrise on the Scioto for making her last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible. A celebration of her life will be held on October 27. Please wear purple one day soon in her honor. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ohio Health Hospice/Kobacker House or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( After turning 50, please have a regular colonoscopy, it could save your life!

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 27, 2013