On July 30, 2020, Edith May Cotter of Hammondsport, age 89, passed away at the Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing after living for many years with Alzheimer’s Disease. For the preceding eight decades, she was an infectiously positive mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and member of the Monterey, Corning, Bath, and Hammondsport communities. She was born Edith Webster to parents Charles and Anne Webster on May 2, 1931, in Warrington, England. Following the Second World War, she studied business, then married Jerald (Bud) Cotter on June 14, 1952, sailing across the Atlantic to western New York, where she raised four children—Leonard, Michael, Jerald, Jr. (Buddy), and Diana. Despite her departure from England, Edith’s birthplace and family remained central to her life in the United States; she filled her home with mementos from the UK, including a remarkable collection of Bosson heads, and maintained frequent contact with her family, particularly her brothers and their families, who visited whenever they could. Edith and Bud were married for 65 years—a well-matched sweet-and-salty pairing—prior to his death in March 2018.
Edith was employed by Corning, Incorporated for 35 years, enjoying a substantial administrative role in coordinating the LPGA Corning Classic golf tournament for 15 years of her career. She also was relentlessly socially active. Edith attended the Monterey Baptist and Victory Highway Wesleyan Churches, she served as Secretary of the Trans-Atlantic Brides and Parents Association, she was a member of the Bath Country Club and several community organizations, including the Bradford Central School Board of Education, and she even joined Facebook. Holidays were busy and joyful events, full of conversation and good humor (something one always could count on in Edith’s presence). Holiday traditions included indulgent Thanksgiving feasts, prime rib roasts and Yorkshire puddings for Christmas, and repeat performances of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Big Mouth Billy Bass. Edith eagerly shared her English vocabulary, using vernacular like “bobby,” “the boot,” and “wireless” in conversation, but her mispronunciations of vanilla (“valinna”) and aluminum (“aluminium”) were family favorites that persisted throughout her life, inevitably generating belly laughs each time she spoke them. Edith loved playing piano, crocheting, and knitting, and she shared her talents with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cards and other games; though when it was clear she was about to lose, she sometimes folded her hands, turned up her nose, and exclaimed—with a Midland accent and a twinkle in her eye—“I’m not playing anymore!” before her pout gave way to a giggle. Edith and Bud spent their retirement years together in a lovely lakeside home on Keuka before relocating to the Steuben Center in 2016.
Edith was preceded in death by her brothers Gerald, Charles, and Arthur Webster; her husband Jerald (Bud) Cotter; her son Michael Cotter; and her great-grandson Dylan Gordy. She is survived by her daughter Diana (Kurt) Owen, sons Leonard (Susan) Cotter and Jerald Jr. (Kim) Cotter, daughter-in-law Anita Cotter; grandchildren Jamie (Kevin) Meuwissen, Jill Cotter, Kristina (Rob) Gordy, Jessica (Jeremy) Bosma, Ashley Cotter, Sarah (Jim) Files, Dan (Kelly) Currie, Amanda and Andrea Miller, Joshua (Nichole) and Jordan Owen; and great-grandchildren Sophie and Paige Meuwissen; Torin and Kian Gordy; Nora and Ellie Bosma; Jordyn and Jack Files; Devan, Dylan, and Khloe Currie; and Madison, Neriah, and Kai Owen.
Edith’s family sincerely appreciates the staff at the Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing for their care, kindness, and compassion throughout Edith and Bud’s residencies.
Calling hours were held at LaMarche Funeral Home in Hammondsport, New York, on Tuesday, August 4, from 10AM to 12PM. A private service for family and burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery followed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Edith Cotter’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org) or the Parkinson’s Foundation (http://parkinson.org).
New York State COVID-19 safety guidelines applied; masks and physical distancing were required of all.
Published on August 07, 2020