Nova Lee Cottrell
1933 - 2020
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
601 Indiana St
Lawrence, KS
Nova Lee (Viles) Cottrell Nova Lee Cottrell, 86, Perry, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020, at home. She was born November 19, 1933, at Williamstown, the daughter of Willard M. and Genevieve Robohn Viles. She attended grade school at Oak Grove, a small one-room country school in Williamstown, and later attended schools in Desoto and Leavenworth. She was a longtime resident of the Perry area.

Nova was an accomplished seamstress, wonderful cook, and enjoyed collecting antiques and refinishing furniture. She worked at Jostens in Topeka and retired as a group leader after twenty-one years of service. She loved getting her family together for holiday dinners and especially loved spending time with all of her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church. While her children were growing up she served on church committees and helped with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Nova married the love of her life, Donald Gene Cottrell, on December 24, 1949, in Topeka. He passed away on December 1, 2019. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past Christmas Eve.

After retirement they took on the project of saving the historical Charles Curtis House at 11th Street and Topeka Boulevard in Topeka in 1993. Curtis was the first Native American to ever reach the high office of vice president of the United States. Now known as the Charles Curtis House Museum, it is one of the historical attractions of Topeka. Nova enjoyed giving tours and telling the history of Charles Curtis. Nova and Don became friends to all who toured the house.

The Topeka Cemetery has offered honorary grave space for the Cottrell's near the grave of Vice President Charles Curtis where the family plans to place a memorial stone.

Mrs. Cottrell is survived by one daughter, Patricia J. "Patty" (Rob) Dannenberg, Perry; two sons, Donald E. "Gene" Cottrell, and James E. Cottrell, both Perry; six grandchildren, Holly Colbert, Lecompton, Dustin Cottrell, Perry, Wade Cottrell, Baldwin City, Wes Cottrell, Perry, Donnie Cottrell, Topeka, Jacob Cottrell, Norfolk, Virginia; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Annette Rhoades, Tyler, Texas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Miller and Rosalie McQueen, and one grandson, infant Donald E. Cottrell.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Friends of Hospice or Perry United Methodist Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Published by Topeka Capital-Journal from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2020.
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I volunteered at the Curtis home for a short time and enjoyed getting to know Nova, her husband and her daughter, Patty. I just heard about her passing due to the Curtis home being put up for sale.
Patty and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Sherilyn Cook
January 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss my god be with you
Love you both You friend Stanley Hayden
April 9, 2020
James and Gene,
So sorry about your loss. Stay strong brothers.
April 9, 2020
Sincere sympathies to Novas family.
I worked with Nova at Jostens.
I always thought she was so knowledgeable, so talented and a truely amazing person.
She will be missed.
Deborah Trekell
April 9, 2020
I am extending my deepest sympathy to the Cottrell family. I don't mean to intrude by asking this question. But I was wondering if Nova was related to Ella Mae Cottrell. Ella Mae would have been approximately 100 years old by now. She was my grandmother's neighbor in Topeka.
Dottie Clark
April 8, 2020
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