Mrs. Marian Christine Cottrell

April 11, 1952May 11, 2020

Marian Christine Cottrell née Hill left us on May 11th, 2020. She was born in Sedro-Woolley, WA to Elvin and Christine Hill on April 11th, 1952 and joined her elder sister Carolyn, making their family complete. Marian grew up in Sedro-Woolley and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1970. She went on to attend Skagit Valley College, where she met the love of her life, Paddy Cottrell. They knew from the beginning that they were meant to be and married in 1971. They moved to Ellensburg, WA where they attended Central Washington University. After graduating they started their 48 years of adventures together, and boy did they have a lot. She held a love for theater and became a costumer at ACT Theater in Seattle in 1977. Marian always spoke fondly of her years spent working at ACT, and of the lifelong friendships she formed. After ACT Theater she went on to work at Mike Dillon Works as a costume and set designer. Another job she loved and was able to showcase her creativeness. She helped create all sorts of costumes, like the Mariner Moose and loved the challenge of making something work even if it was thought to be impossible. Marian and Paddy’s lives changed in 1984 when their son Jeffrey came. When their second child Annie arrived in 1987, Marian took a break from her career and dedicated herself to raising her two children in Lake Forest Park, WA. Marian loved to travel and made it a priority for the family to take some amazing trips, creating many wonderful memories. They traveled throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and Italy which was one of her favorite places. Once Jeffrey and Annie graduated high school, she and Paddy continued their adventures and traveled to various places, including multiple trips to Assisi, one of her favorite towns in Italy. Marian is preceded in death by her loving husband Paddy. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey and Annie, and sister Carolyn Freeman. Along with her children and sister, she leaves behind her nephew Andy Freeman, his wife Mandy Lefebvre Freeman, their children Jack, Kana and Liv, her niece Julie Freeman, brother-in-law Kerry Cottrell, his wife Julie Cottrell and sisters-in-law Lorraine Eliason and Ellie Dale. She loved them all dearly.


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Mrs. Marian Christine Cottrell

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May 17, 2020

Marian was one of my very closest friends for around 45 years. We first met when we both signed up for an English Country Dance class thru the UW Experimental College and quickly found we not only both loved British folk dance and music but had many other interests in common. For many years we never missed a single Scottish folk band to play any venue in Seattle. She taught me how to garden and was a regular dinning out companion. I very quickly came to love her husband Paddy, and when they arrived, her children all of whom welcomed me at their Thanksgiving Dinner Table and on some memorable vacations. I still haven't recovered from the loss of Paddy. Losing Marian so soon after is really heartbreaking, but I like to think of their joyous meeting in the beyond.
Jeff and Annie - all of my love to you both.

L. Beth Schlansky

May 16, 2020

I knew Marian & Paddy for many years & am deeply saddened to hear of her passing, especially so soon after Paddy. I take solace in knowing that they're together again sharing another great adventure. My deepest condolences to their children, Annie & Jeff.

Beth Chatt-McGurran

May 16, 2020

I used to walk home from high school with her and i remember having good talks on our short walk. I went to Skagit and got to meet Paddy (he was a character and such fun). He and I were on the student counsel at Skagit and he was a go getter. They were inseperable and so happy. Then I lost touch with them until just recently. I'm so sorry for your loss. I bet they were really fun parents.

Sis Polin

May 15, 2020

She was also a master gardener and shared her skills with her neighbors at Mountlake Terrace Senior Living. May her memory be a blessing.

Beth Keane

May 14, 2020

First let me say that Marian had the best laugh ever! I can hear it even now thinking about her. She will be hugely missed, especially by all of us at 'book group' which she was a part of from the very beginning about 27 years ago. She was smart & creative & funny!
Her kids & nieces, nephews & their kids all brought her SO much joy. She always lit up with pride and love just telling stories about any one of them. R.I.P. 'sister', you were absolutely one of a kind.


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