OBITUARY

Vernell Anthony

May 4, 1929February 4, 2013

In Memory of Vernell Cotten Anthony May 4, 1929 - February 4, 2013

Laura Vernell Cotten Anthony passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013 at her home in Kingsland, Texas. Vernell was born on May 4, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas, Potter County. She was a descendent of two West Texas pioneer families: Monroe B. & Rebecca Sawyer and James H. & Sarah Jane Cotten.

Vernell was married to Billy Lee Flippin in March 1945. In January of 1951, Vernell and William Earl Anthony were joined in marriage.

Vernell is preceded in death by her parents Joseph W and Laura A. Cotten, her husband W.E. “Bill” Anthony, brothers Garland Bernard, Duane C., J.W.Jr., Monroe B. and Arthur James Cotten, sisters Vilda Johnston and Levadell Foster, daughter Laura Leigh Butler and son W.J.G. “Sonny” Anthony.

Vernell is survived by her childhood friend and sweetheart Doyle Cain, daughters Shelley Anthony, Judi Wilson and her husband Brad Wilson, and Antoinette Anthony, six grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vernell’s bright smile was known to light up any room she entered. She was loved by friends and family alike. She will be dearly missed by all.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church, 3928 Hwy 1431 West, Kingsland. A celebration of Vernell’s life will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, located at 4219 Park Road 4 South. (512.756.6016) . Services will be officiated by Vernell’s dear friend, Pastor Jeff Davis.

Vernell’s family would like to express a special thank you to all her wonderful caregivers, as well as appreciation to Hill Country Memorial Hospice for their support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Cancer Society-Research Fund, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok 73123 or Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.

Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2013
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Hawika

February 23, 2013

Nana,

I love you bigger than mountains....forever!!!!!!!!!

adah glasser

February 19, 2013

Antoinette, im sorry to hear about your loss, but i know your mom is in a peaceful place watching over you and the whole family..much love adah

Tina Wu

February 15, 2013

Body is here, but mind is there.
Body is now but mind is then
there & now, not there & then
"mama," where ever you may be,
here forever in my heart.

Loving memory Vernell Anthony

Tina Wu

February 15, 2013

Body is here, but mind is there.
Body is now but mind is then
there & now, not there & then
"mama," where ever you may be,
here forever in my heart.

Loving memory,
Tina Wu

February 14, 2013

I was blessed to have met and had Vernell's childhood friend, Charles B. Raynes in my life before his passing of cancer in 2005. From that wonderful union, I gained an additional blessing and that was having gotten to know and love Vernell. Although we weren't able to see each other often, we always stayed in contact over the years. She was so helpful in seeing me through my grief and I hope I was able to give her some help when she loss Sonny and Laura. She loved her family so very much and praised you all. Please know just how much happiness you were to her. I felt like I knew you all personally as we would talk for hours and I got caught up in all the "family news". She was such a strong and courageous person, you were blessed to have her for a mother. I miss her so much, but we'll talk again. Kathleen Govett

Terri Wilkes

February 13, 2013

Words are not adequate enough to express our sympathy to all of you during this difficult time of loss. It was an honor getting to know your family and your sweet mother will be deeply missed by so many. She touched so many of our lives here at Visiting Angels. I know the Lord had it all planned out and Antoinette, I felt like you and I were lifelong friends before we ever even met. I hope you and your family know how much all of you mean to us. God Bless each one of you.

Puanani Wilhelm

February 12, 2013

Antoinette, i'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. It has shocked me and I know happened much too soon. I still miss my mother and I'm sure you will miss yours. She exists still in you and in the memories you have. We say, "Panopano Hilo, po'ele i ka ua nui"--Hilo is dark and heavy with rain, we mourn with you here and wish you "God Speed".
Puanani and Temi'i

February 11, 2013

May your warm memories be a comfort during this time of loss.
Auntie Monica Devlin, Kua O Ka La PCS, Hawaii

Lorca Smetana

February 11, 2013

I know Vernell Anthony only through the beauty, presence and compassion I find in her daughter Antoinette, and am deeply grateful for her existence in my life. I am sending love and caring to all of her family, and this morning I am going out under bright and cold skies and releasing a flock of white homing doves to honor her, and you all.

Rachel Campbell

February 10, 2013

I remember Aunt Vernell from many years ago. I know Daddy (Claude Cotten) loved her too. I know he would be saddened to know she is gone. Daddy will probably be with her soon! My heart and prayers are with you all!!