Tina Marie Cotton of Inkom, Idaho passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of April 29th, 2022 after a long and painful battle with lymphedema.
Tina was born on March 27th, 1963 to Vern Edward Steele and Viola Marie Tooley in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She was known for her humor, loving nature, fun loving nature, and extreme patience. Patience so extreme that she taught more than one cat how to sit and sit pretty.
She made friends easily and made taking care of those who needed it a lifelong passion. From stray animals to stray people, Tina could always be counted on for encouragement, sage advice, a witty remark, or even just a positive outlook when you needed it. And seriously, she brought home a lot of stray animals (and sometimes people).
She became a mother at the young age of 16 and took great pride in parenting and did so with love and compassion as her north star and taught that morality and integrity are the best barometers of self worth.
In her younger years touched the lives of many as a preschool teacher and in working with individuals with special needs.
Nomadic in nature, she traveled with her husband far and wide in pursuit of big dreams. Dreams that included nature, freedom, and aspects of humanity often neglected by modern society.
Her hobbies and interests include fishing, camping, hunting, mountains and rivers, lakes and campfires. She was endlessly creative, writing poetry and one liners daily. She dabbled with crafts and created unique artwork incorporating artifacts from nature. She was also a great appreciator of music and loved outlaw country, like Willie and Waylon. She knew how to fix cars, small engines, and appliances and prided herself on her self reliance.
She is preceded in death by the great love of her life, her husband, Barry John Cotton, her brother, Bruce Edward Steel, her mother, Viola Marie Tooley, and her father, Vern Edward Steele.
She is survived by her son, Kenyon John Cotton, Kenyon’s wife Lindley Ferris Cotton, her granddaughters Rylee Jay Cotton and Elle Wetherill Cotton, and her sisters Sharyn (Brad) Harmon, Tami Sherwood and Laurie (Russell) Wright.
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