Wanda Joyce Cottrell, of Rising Star, died peacefully on Nov. 8, 2019 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene at the age of 88.

She was born on July 27, 1931 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Hubert R. and Dillie M.(Wells) Yates. After her mother's death at the age of two she was raised by her uncle and aunt, Joe and Bertha (Yates) Lancaster. She attended Twin Oaks and Varnum Schools in Seminole, Oklahoma and while at Varnum she played basketball and was Homecoming Queen for the class of 1950.

She married Elbert C. "Corky" Cottrell on Nov. 1, 1950 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

She was a caring and loving Mother as well as a homemaker, caregiver and devoted Christian. She loved sports, especially basketball and football and her favorite game was playing bingo. She enjoyed cooking goodies for the lawenforcement Center in Brownwood and enjoyed going to their functions every year. She was a member of the May First Baptist Church where she volunteered for their "Team Kids" and "Food Distribution" Programs, and when able she donated to The Lord's Acre at First United Methodist Church in Cross Plains. She had an uncanny sense of humor and wit that will be forever missed.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Cottrell of Rising Star and Carl Cottrell of Sierra Vista, Arizona; one daughter, Jackie (Jerry) Turner of Victoria; four grandchildren, Justin Cottrell (ID), Travis Cottrell (OK), Todd Cottrell (TX), Pepper Turner (TX); seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-Iaw, Dorothy (Coy) Hearin (TX), Bobbie (James) Beck (OK), Eva (Darrell) Ward (OK); a niece, Sherrie Wilder (AZ); seven other nieces and nine nephews; two Cousins, Lavon Ware (OK) and Ann Murdoch of Rising Star; and many friends from Baird, Cross Plains and Rising Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Lonnie Cottrell); two sisters; and two brothers.

The family would like to thank Hendrick Medical Center, Oak Ridge Manor and Rising Star Nursing and Rehab for the compassion and care given to their mother.

At her request her body was donated to Parker University in Dallas for medical research study.

There will be a memorial service for her at a later date.