March 2, 1962 – November 30, 2019
Kristy Lynne McClung Cotterell, age 57, of League City, Texas passed away November 30, 2019. She was born in Fullerton, California on March 2, 1962 to Pat and Keith McClung. She was married to Tony Cotterell for 24 years.
Kristy was the proud owner of the Soap Emporium in Baybrook Mall. She was a Lunar Rendezvous Princess and active alumni of Clear Creek High School and supported her choir member friends. She attended Clear Creek Community Church after many years at Friendswood Methodist Church. She was a committee member of Bay Area Young Life.
She had a passion for her grandbabies, family, friends, and rescue dogs. She loved creative crafts and beautifully decorated homes, broken-hearted people and was second mom to her children’s friends.
She moved with her family, including brothers Kip McClung and Scott McClung to Nassau Bay, TX in 1965 for her father’s job in the Apollo Program. She loved growing up in that unique community. She formed lifelong friendships there. She attended Clear Creek ISD schools where she formed more lifelong friendships as part of a pattern in her life. She formed lifelong friends everywhere she went. She was a born organizer and activist. She was the chief party planner and best friend for the many youngsters she loved and who loved her. She was an enthusiastic class officer and choir member at CCHS. She became a Lunar Rendezvous Princess. She welcomed her schoolmates who joined her for pool time at her Carriage Lane home. Coupled with her brothers’ hosting of friends her home became a central hangout.
Even during high school she fell in love with the retail business. While she was still a teenager she became manager of a Baybrook Mall store called Artstanding. The corporate owners soon entrusted her with expanding the franchise into San Jacinto Mall in Baytown. But she was a precocious entrepreneur. At age 22 she negotiated with the largest mall management firm in Houston and the exclusive soap and scent firm Crabtree and Evelyn to establish her dream. She successfully operated her beloved Soap Emporium boutique for 24 years before online shopping forced her to close it. As usual, she formed many more lifelong friends among her customers and staff.
She married her highschool sweetheart Tony Cotterell in 1984. Their children, Sean and Katelyn were born while they lived in Bayridge. There she found Brenda Sherwood, her sister by another mother. Their children were bonded for life too. As Sean and Katelyn grew to school age the Cotterells moved to Mirage Court in Friendswood, TX. There they formed an extended “cul-de-sac” family in what Kristy described as a foretaste of heaven. For the balance of her life she longed to return to those wonderful memories. While there, she threw herself into nurturing her children while she showered them with love. And their home became a replica of her childhood central hangout for their friends. She became a second mom to most of those friends. She fed them, taxied them and encouraged them. She wanted them to know she valued them and loved them unconditionally. For some of them it was a first time experience.
Her love of serving others was innate, but it was based on her strong faith in her Savior. She attended Presbyterian Churches with her parents as a child. She attended Friendswood Methodist Church and later Clear Creek Community Church with her children. She was an active member of Houston Bay Area Young Life Committee for many years. In her twilight years her grandchildren became the light of her life. Sean and Carli’s sons Casen, 5, and Coda, 2, love their Grandma Kristy. Their favorite time together was in the pool. It was rowdy, fun and something everyone loved. But the best time came when it was time to dry off the little ones. A precious few minutes of snuggling to warm them up! Her physical heart betrayed but her spiritual heart will live on with them. Katie and Jeff promise to pass that on to Olivia Tomi who will be born in May of 2020.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Maxine and Ralph, McClung, Chris and Aubrey Johnson, step-grandparents Dorothy Johnson and Herschel Harder, and infant brother Michael Steven McClung.
Kristy is survived by her parents Pat and Keith McClung, parents-in-law Jack and JoAnne Cotterell, brothers Kip McClung (Paige) and Scott McClung (Lori), children Sean Cotterell (Carli) and Kate Tomi (Jeff), grandchildren Casen Cotterell, Coda Cotterell and baby Tomi “Olivia” (due May 30, 2020), as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service, followed by a reception, will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas 77598.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kristy's name may be sent to https://giving.younglife.org/s/ or towards her grandsons' College tuition funds at Ugift529.com Coda's Ugift code: M8M-38C / Casen's Ugift code: E6A-M22
- Memorial Service Friday, December 6, 2019
- Reception Friday, December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019
While it has been years since we've actually seen Kristy, we feel like it was only yesterday we were watching Kristy's beautiful family expand and grow up across the street in the old neighborhood. We had many "important" neighborhood meetings in the street (Ocean Way) between our houses. And, even though it has been awhile since we all moved from that neighborhood, Kristy will always be a part of our beautiful memories of the "early" days in Bayridge. Our condolences to Kristy's loved ones. You are all in our hearts and prayers.
Karen and Rob
December 6, 2019
I met Kristy in 1984 when I came to Houston and we worked together along with her Dad Keith in Nassau Bay along with many other people from all over the country. Also we became friends and neighbors in Nassau Bay.
She was always so cheerful and friendly She will be forever in my heart ❤️ and memory
December 6, 2019
Kristy had a beautiful soul. Prayers of peace to the family.
December 4, 2019
There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family…
You were such a blessing to so many and changed so many lives for the better! But everyday that I had with you, every memory that we made, you made me feel like I was your favorite person on this earth. I think you made us all feel that way, you were just such a special, one of a kind, giving, loving, person. Thank you for all of your love. Heaven is a little sweeter. See you there one day my dear precious sister from another mother!!!!
December 3, 2019
My condolences to the family! She was a sweetheart, such a kind and loving soul, it always was nice to see her at Dr. Grant MacDonald's office, she always made sure my girls left with a lollipop after seeing the doc. I appreciate her kindness. May she rest with the Angels.
December 3, 2019
What a smile and a heart as big as Texas. Thank you dear friend for always thinking of me. I know you will watch over all of us. Love you my game girl, Pamela
December 1, 2019
So heartbroken about Kristy’s passing.
I recently talked to her for an hour while I was doing her lashes ,for the first time. She was so nervous but we ended up laughing the whole time. She was laughing so hard that I missed her top lash and put it on her bottom one. She said she hadn’t laughed that hard in awhile.
We also got to catch up on all the going’s on in her her life and mine.
I know that Heaven took her in with open arms.
Until we see each other again my sweet friend...🙏😢