Frances ‘Cotton’ Green


Frances ‘Cotton’ Green


Cotton Green
Cotton Green

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.

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  1. Dear Larry and family. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful person and I have fond memories of her “looking after” Larry’s friends, Ron being one of them. When visiting my mother in Billings, would see Cotton doing her gardening and would run into her in the grocery store. One of the most special memories is when she took the time to visit my mother Dorothy in the nursing home. It meant a lot to both my mother and me. May Cotton rest in peace and God bless her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lin and Gene O’Hara

  2. Larry,
    I will always remember Cotton as my grandmother and a good friend to my mom. She did so much for our family as we were growing up in Billings. Her laugh and sense of humor always out in front.

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