Helen Powell Cotten
February 1, 1933 – November 16, 2019
Helen Powell Cotten, 86, of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Texarkana.
Helen was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 1, 1933 to Richard Hamilton Thompson and Alice Powell Thompson. On October 17, 1958 she was married at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City to Dr. David C. Cotten, longtime pastor, Army chaplain and seminary administrator. A beloved wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother, and dearly loved Christian friend to many, Helen will be greatly missed by her family and a multitude of close friends, including residents and staff of Cornerstone Retirement Community.
Helen was known for her love for the Lord, her immediate and extended family, her church, her work, and her many friends. She was devoted to her grandchildren, for whom she regularly prayed. Helen had a gift with people and made friends wherever she went.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Dr. David C. Cotten of Texarkana, Texas; her son in whom she had such pride and joy, David Powell Cotten and wife Shawna of Texarkana, Texas; her dearly loved daughter and best friend, Deanna Leigh Manske and husband Don of St. Charles, Illinois. Helen had great influence in the lives of her children and her five cherished grandchildren whom she adored: Caroline Powell and Joe Greiner of Brooklyn, New York; Amanda Leigh Cotten of Texarkana, Texas; Allison Ray and Caleb Cochrum of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Luke Harrison Manske and Haleigh Cotten Manske of St. Charles, Illinois. She is also survived by nephew Richard and Nancy Thompson of San Luis Obispo, California.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International or Dallas Theological Seminary. Online registration at www.eastfuneralhomes.com. Memorial service will be held in the near future.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Helen Powell Cotten
December 4, 2019
We have been praying for you all since the LORD took dear Helen home to be with Himself. We know you will miss her presence here so much because of all the fun, joy and laughter she brought into your lives. That was the kind of friend she was to me those 16 years that I knew her in OKC, when Tim served on the pastoral staff of Metropolitan Baptist. As a new staff wife she welcomed me with open arms, and helped me to get adjusted and learn my way around OKC. Her love and kindness exuded from her all the time. There were many fun times spent with her and Tish Lawson when we would get our daughters together to play, or with school events at Rollingwood Elementary. She was quite the prankster at times too, but always in such fun ways! She was such a good pal to our daughter Diane in the the Pal/Gal program of Pioneer Girls at church, too. My memories of your wife, mother, and grandmother will always be fun, happy and joyful ones as that is the way I will always think of her!
What a reunion she is experiencing in heaven this very moment, all because of Jesus great redeeming love for each of us! Looking forward to being with her again when we will all be spending eternity together with our Lord and Savior, Jesus!
Praying for you all and sending deepest sympathy and love to you,
Esther and Tim
November 22, 2019
Helen was one of the sweetest women I have ever met. Her constant prayers for us was so deeply appreciated at times when we desperately needed them. Her last visit with me and my mother was difficult for her but we so appreciated the effort she made to come.
Susan Simmons and Thelma Setliff