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Wilma Cottrell


Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:01 a.m. CDT

Wilma Cottrell, 96, of Creston died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Exira Care Center in Exira.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Creston. The Rev. John Rutz will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery near Creston. Open visitation with family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery St., in Creston. Memorial contributions may be made in Wilma’s name, to be determined. Online condolences may be left at

Wilma Grace Parker, daughter of George Baker Parker and Angie Merl (Osborn) Parker, was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Corydon. Wilma graduated from Murray High School in 1938, where she received her normal training teaching certificate. Following graduation, she taught in Clarke County country schools for a short time.

On Jan. 14, 1939, Wilma married Glen Eldon Cottrell in Osceola. The couple was married 69 years until Glen’s death in 2008. 

Wilma and Glen lived and farmed in Clarke County from 1939 to 1950. The family then moved to a farm located in Union County until retiring to Creston in 1981. She has resided in Exira Care Center the last several years. Wilma was a homemaker and farm wife.

She volunteered her time serving as a member of VFW Post No.1797 Auxiliary, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church ladies aide.

Wilma is survived by her son Norman (Nancy) Cottrell of Creston; daughters, Berniece Muhr of Audubon and Janet (Larry) Pool of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; brother L. Richard “Dick” (Bertha) Parker of Des Moines; sister-in-law Lucy Parker of Rhode Island; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son-in-law Francis Muhr; brothers, G. Lee Parker, J. Lyle Parker and Donald Parker; sisters, Mildred Parker and Margaret Moore; sisters-in-law, Edna Parker, Joyce Parker and Christine Parker and brother-in-law Ivan Moore.

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