Em Cottonwood: 1936 ~ 2015


Emma Lucille Cottonwood, a resident of Three Rivers for 40 years, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Visalia. She was 79.

Em was born April 8, 1936, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Ardie Burk and Mittie (Dermon) Burk. She was raised and educated in Hamilton.

After high school, Em attended beauty school and, for more than 20 years, was a beautician.

On June 16, 1969, Em married Charles “Spike” Cottonwood in Goldfield, Nev. Her husband worked for the National Park Service, so the couple lived in several places before making Three Rivers their permanent home in 1974.

Em loved to golf and fish. She was a member of the Lady Anglers, a Three Rivers fishing club. She also was a Comfort for Kids volunteer.

Em was preceded in death by her parents, seven sisters, and three brothers.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Charles, of Three Rivers; her adopted son, Jack Finley of Three Rivers; brother Orville M. Burk of Fairfield, Ohio; two sisters, Betty J. Stable of Orlando, Fla., and Lola M. Wooten and husband Walt of Ventura; one granddaughter, Iizabella Finley of Three Rivers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Em’s request, no service will be held. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com.

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