Louia Frances (Myers) Cottrell
September 25, 1928 ~ March 2, 2014
Louia Myers Cottrell, 86, died March 2, 2014, in Tekoa, WA. She was born in Spokane, WA on September 25, 1928. Her childhood was spent in Eastern Washington, near the small farming town of Diamond. Louia’s natural abilities as an artist and horse enthusiast were obvious early on, and stayed with her throughout life. In addition, she was an accomplished vocalist and could always be counted on to launch into a spirited harmony or solo. Louia attended Washington State University and, shortly thereafter, met James William Cottrell. They were married in 1948, and farmed wheat and cattle operations in the Endicott, WA and Malaga, WA areas until 1972. Louia was always in charge of the horses for cattle drives and fence patrol, drove wheat truck and could be counted on to take up the reins of ranch work if needed.
In the next phase of her remarkable life, Louia worked in Wenatchee as a horse trainer, riding instructor and horse show judge; a floral arranger; a bird keeper extraordinaire; a sculptor; and a green thumb gardener. She had the independent “Myers spirit,” and enjoyed her extended family very much. Louia was very fond of her large family of nieces and nephews, and was also honorary “Aunt Louia” to a number of other close young friends from the horse world.
Louia Cottrell was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her brothers, Joe and Bob Myers; and her sister, Jean Myers Bower. She is survived by her brother, Roy Myers of Grass Valley, CA; and by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Special mention should be made of Jo Ramirez, Maria Lancaster, and Nancy Ellsworth, who were valued friends. Glenn and Jill Myers of Colfax regularly checked in on and helped Louia in her final years.
A gathering of Louia Cottrell’s family and friends is planned for this Spring at the Myers Family Cemetery in Pullman, WA. The Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax, WA is helping with the arrangements. A guestbook may be signed on their website at: bruningfuneralhome.com