Christine Cotton

Obituary of Christine Elizabeth Cotton

Christine Cotton of Martinsburg, West Virginia, formally of Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away on March 6, 2021.


Christine, known to many as Chris, was preceded in death by her mom, Patricia DeAturemont of South Carolina and her brother Michael Maisa of New York.  The three of them died within seven weeks of one another.  I guess they are having a family reunion that the rest of us aren't invited to.  Which is perfectly fine.


She is survived by her children Marie (Nathan) Dennis of Virginia, James Cotton of West Virginia and Sara Harman of West Virginia.  Sara was her "oops" baby and the light of all of their lives.  Marie and James were older when she was born and they loved having a little sister and Sara loved being the baby.  Afterall, the baby is always the most spoiled.  She was proud of her children and loved them more then they will ever know.  


She is also survived by her grandchildren, Layla, Logan, Nadija, Evalynn, Amelia and the first twins of the family that were born this year, Nathan Jr. and Noelle.  Her grandchildren called her Yaya because she didn't want to feel old and be called Grandma; she also absoutely did not want to keep the family trend and be "Nanny."  She was a young grandma and Yaya suited her.  Even though she wasn't Greek.


She is also survived by her siblings, Douglas Maisa of New Jersey, Dina (David) Cotton of Virginia, Mark (Melissa) Colletti of Maryland and Michele (Jamy) Zahniser of West Virginia.


She is survived by a ton of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  We would list them all but most of the time we can't remember all of their names and which person they belong to.  Yes, there are that many.


She was a "jack of all trades."  Throughout her life she built boats, worked at a marina, cleaned houses, did line stripping on roads, did landscaping and was a bartender.  She loved landscaping and bartending.  She had a green thumb and knew so much about plants and flowers.  As a bartender, she knew how to read her customers and they loved her.  She loved working when a good band was playing and absoutely hated working on karaoke night.  She could not stand to hear people mess up a good song.


If something in her house was broken, she fixed it.  She was independent.  If she couldn't fix it, she had a ton of buddies she could call and offer them a 6-pack to come help her.


She loved going on family vacations with her sister Dina and brother in law David when all of their children were younger.  She always had so much fun and in recent years had said she wished they still went on them.


She absoutely loved to irritate her brother in law Jamy.  We are pretty certain that that was her main goal in life.  She would buy tons of flowers and planters and put them all over the back porch, just to irritate him.  She loved being outside planting flowers and plants.  She talked to them.  She always said you had to so that they would grow.


She was fierce and strong, but bull headed.  She dropped F-bombs frequently.  It was basically her favorite adjective, noun, verb, etc.  She could use that word in ways you didn't know was possible.  Anyone that knew her, knows her love of the F-bomb.  She had a great sense of humor and a big heart.  Last year during quarantine, she spent the entire month of April celebrating her little sister Michele's birthday.  She tried to make it special since the whole country was basically grounded.  She always said Michele was her "first brat."  She was 13 when Michele was born, so she had a real life baby doll.  Michele loved to irritate her because that is what little sisters do.


She couldn't sing.  Or dance.  Often when her kids were young she would torture and embarass them with her wiggle walk. She did it at home, at their school and in public. Even though she couldn't sing or dance, she did.  Especially at concerts.  She loved going to concerts.


She couldn't walk in heels.  Ever.  She would land on her face every time, that is until wedge heels came out.  She could walk in those.


Even though she passed away fairly young, she still had a good life.  She raised her amazing children by herself and loved her grandchildren to pieces.  She will be missed by many, but she wouldn't want anyone to cry.  She would want us to drink a beer, take a shot and talk about and remember the fun times.


There will be no formal services.  She didn't want that and was always very adamant about it.  A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.


The family asks that if you want to do something, plant flowers in your yard or in planters on your porch.  She would love that.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Christine
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Direct Cremation Svcs of VA - Stephens City
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