|Becca was a dear friend - and Becca knew how to be a friend! Rebecca Elizabeth Doyle Cottrill was born in Tyler, Texas on January 14, 1946. She died on March 8,1995 in Slidell, Louisiana. The Louisiana Conference and her many friends around the world will deeply miss her laughter and sense of humor, her creativity and originality and her many gifts and talents.
Becca lived every minute of her life to its fullest. She loved her family with a total and complete devotion. She and Donald Charles Cottrill were married on October 13, 1973, and are the parents of two daughters. Cynthia and Caitlin.. Becca’s love for Don and his ministry was evident in that she was known to send tapes of Don’s sermons to friends because she thought they were so special! And Becca loved the church! She was an evangelist in her own way because of the love and friendship and freedom she found in the United Methodist Church. With her positive enthusiasm for the church, her special sewing classes and a hospitality that opened her home and table to many, many people, she brought new people into the fellowship of the church wherever she went.
Becca was a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. She was formerly director of public information for the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and support director for Teach for America. She was a board member of the Smocking Art Guild of America, editor of its magazine “SACA” and a frequent contributor to “Creative Needle” magazine. A very special honor was an invitation to contribute to Her Majesty’s Royal Academy of Needlework in London. In addition, Becca was a board member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Opera Guild and the Northshore Regional Hospice. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where Don is the present pastor. At the time of her death, she was serving as co-chairperson of the Missions Committee.
Becca’s generous spirit still lives on in a very special way because she had decided to be an organ donor, so several people received organs to help them to live and to see.
In addition to her husband Don and daughters Cynthia and Caitlin, Becca is survived by her mother and father, Elizabeth and R. W. Doyle and a sister, Ann Strong.
At Aldersgate United Methodist Church on March 11, 1995, we said our good byes to Becca in a triumphant service that celebrated her life, death and resurrection, but her star will continue to shine brightly for years to come. And heaven too must be suddenly brighter than ever before, and someone is planning new smocked gowns for littlest angels and the heavenly kitchen is filled with the aroma of wonderful cuisine, and laughter and love have new meaning even in that heavenly place because Becca is there!
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1995; p. 260 By Anne C. Hearn|