King-Lynk Funeral Home obituary – Deborah Cotter, 73, formerly of Fort Madison

Deborah Cotter, 73, of Mission, Texas and formerly of Fort Madison died September 5, 2020.

Deborah Cotter, 73, of Mission, Texas and formerly of Fort Madison passed away on September 5, 2020 in Mission, TX.

     She was born on April 8, 1947 in Ft. Madison to Wilbert and Aleda Ruble Ort.  Deborah was a 1965 graduate of FMHS.  She then went on to graduate from UNI where she also received her Masters Degree.  On July 24, 1976 she married William Cotter in Janesville, WI.  She taught Home Economics in Dubuque from 1970-1976 and then moved to Wisconsin to teach in Lomira.  She received an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1982.  She was a Dean of Home Economics at Black Hawk Technical College in Janesville, WI.  She worked at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA as a curriculum coordinator.  Deborah lastly was an editor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the career on education and work department and moved to Texas in 2017.  She loved to travel, sew & garden.  Deborah and Bill lived in ten different cities, moved fourteen times and owned and refurbished eight different homes together.  She was a proud owner of six cocker spaniels throughout her marriage.

     Survivors include her husband, Bill Cotter of Mission, TX; one sister, Willetta (Doug) Cuthbert of Jacksonville, FL and many other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

     A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

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