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5-23-16 Marilyn Cotton, Long-time It Is Written Artist, Passes to Her Rest



Marilyn Dillow Cotton and her husband, Daniel L. Cotton
Photo from Patti Cotton McNeily's Facebook page


Marilyn Dillow Cotton, born to Oddie and Thelma Dillow in Red Bank, Tennessee on December 14, 1933, passed to her rest on May 20, 2016, in Loma Linda, California. Marilyn is known as one of the greatest soprano solo artists in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, choosing to dedicate her voice and life to God instead of following the lucrative offers she received for stage performance. As a young college student, she sang with Faith For Today, and subsequently was the first and long-time featured artist for It Is Written with George Vandeman for 38 years, retiring when he retired. Through the years Marilyn produced many albums, and with her husband Daniel L. Cotton, a Pacific Union College graduate, evangelized around the world through The Quiet Hour, sharing the love of Jesus.
Surviving Marilyn and awaiting the great reunion is her beloved husband, Dan, along with their four daughters and families: Patti Cotton McNeily and husband Greg McNeily, children Will Frei and wife Tina Guldhammer Frei and their two sons Viggo and Jack; Peter D. J. Pettis; and Jeffrey Pettis. Jenny Cotton Oliver and husband Daniel Oliver, with children Aimée Oliver Rogers and husband Jeff Rogers; James Oliver and wife Antje Gallewski Oliver; Benjamin Oliver and wife Elizabeth Rice Oliver; Timothy Oliver; Beth Cotton McCarty and son Hunter McCarty. Lori Cotton Thomas and husband Randy Thomas, and children Crystal Thomas Morgan and husband Brandon Morgan; Randall Thomas and wife Hillary Hirst Thomas; and Sarah Thomas.
A celebration of life service is being planned for the Loma Linda area in the coming weeks. If you would like to send a message or tribute to the family, notes and cards may be sent c/o Patti Cotton McNeily, 2263 El Capitan Drive, Riverside, California 92354. Online testimonials and notes may be shared at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/marilyncotton.  
In lieu of flowers, and for those wishing to honor her memory, a gift to Southern Adventist University’s music department is greatly appreciated. Contact the university's development department at 423.236.2772; or mail to Southern Adventist University, Advancement, POB 370, Collegedale, TN 37421, and earmark “The Marilyn Cotton Fund.”

— This bereavement notice was provided by the Cotton family.

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