Kozette Rushton

Kozette Lynn (Widder) Rushton

October 24, 1951-

August 25, 2013

Kozette faced the challenge of brain cancer for one year but eventually left us on Sun, August 24.

After teaching elementary school on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon, she moved to the Bay Area, settling in Novato. She was married to Albert Rushton for 27 years. Together they raised two boys, Tyler, 26 and William, 23.

Kozette lived life with gusto, committing fully to whatever she pursued. She was a fundraiser for sports teams and producer of talent shows, supporting not only her family but also her community. Combining her talent for teaching, sense of humor and voracious appetite for fun, she entertained people at birthday parties as Kozy the Klown. Later in life she became a painter and joined an adult tap dancing troupe. She also represented high-fashion jewelry for Premier Designs.

Kozette was a 1969 graduate of Ephrata High School and Millersville University in 1973, both in Pa.

Everyone who knew Kozette will remember her bright smile, laughter, exuberant spirit, welcoming nature, kind, generous and grateful heart.

Kozette is survived by her husband Albert, sons Tyler and William, parents Franklin and Gloria Widder, brother Franklin Widder, sister Camille Horine, nieces and nephews and many beloved friends.

Celebration of Life Service for Kozy:

Sept. 15, 4-7:30pm

Unity in Marin

600 Palm Drive

Hamilton Center

Novato, CA 94949


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2013