Frances was born to Mollie and George Yakel on Oct. 18, 1919, in Baldwin, Ill. She was the nest egg of her family with four older brothers. Raised on the family farm, she learned the lifestyle of true grit, but with many terrific memories and great stories.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, we lost our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and anchor of the family.
At the age of 72, she became a grandmother to her son’s firstborn. She doted on all of the children, never letting a Christmas go by without new socks.
Cotton married Francis “Fritz” Green in 1950. They moved from Wyoming to Billings, where they lived together until 1976, when he passed. The rest of her years were spent living independently. She loved to work in the yard and cook. We would call her “meals-on-wheels” because she would cater full meals, put the food neatly in the trunk of her car and driver them over to her son’s home…. “Grandma, you sure are a good cooker.” And she would always make Jell-O … Jell-O for Johnny.
She is survived by her son, Larry and his wife Lisa; and her cherished grandchildren, Jenifer, Kearla and Shelby; and four great-grandchildren.
We will miss her generosity, wisdom and guidance. Up until about a month ago, she could recall any date of any event. She was truly an exceptional person. To a life well lived, Cotton. Rest in Peace.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.