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PEORIA - Beatrice L. Cottingham, 93, of Naperville passed away at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. She was formerly of Creve Coeur and Peoria.

Born April 11, 1920, in Randolph County, Ark., to Charles Arthur and Lura Nancy (Anderson) Crawford, she married Gerald "Jerry" Cottingham on May 23, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. He died Feb. 20, 1995, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are one son, Randy (Gilda) Cottingham of Naperville; one daughter, Debra (William) Tener of Oreana; four grandchildren, Allison (Ronnie) Paul of Bloomington, Taylor Cottingham of Naperville, Madison Cottingham of Chicago and Chandler Cottingham of Naperville; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, E.H. Crawford of Farmington, Mo., and Arthur Crawford of Las Vegas; and one sister, Lucille Doran of Pocahontas, Ark.

She worked as a machine operator at Humitube in Peoria from 1947 to 1972.

Beatrice was a member of Bethel Memorial United Church of Christ in Creve Coeur.

She was a charter member of the Creve Coeur American Legion Post 1234 Ladies Auxiliary and was a member and past president of the former 8 et 40, Salon 754. She was past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 16th District.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. The Rev. Paul Isom will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Illinois, 605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 7, 2014
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