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Obituary of Virginia L. Cottam

Virginia L. “Gin” Cottam, the daughter of Vergil Cottam and Edith (Vaughn) Cottam, was born August 9, 1934 on a farm in Republic County Kansas just south of Hubbell, NE and passed away on Feb. 9, 2015 at Thayer County Health Services, Hebron, NE at the age of 80 years and 6 months.
She grew up in the Hubbell area attending the local public schools, graduating from Hubbell High School in 1952. She later attended one year of college for cooking and foods.
Virginia’s first job was at the Elgin Watch Company and later was a cook at Coopers Restaurant for 17 years both in Lincoln, NE. She returned to the Hubbell area and was a cook for 15 years at the Blue Valley Nursing Home at Hebron. Upon the death of her brother, Robert, she took over the operation of the Tavern in Gilead from 1988 until she retired due to ill health in 1995.
She was a lifetime member of the VFW at Hebron, and the Methodist Church, Hubbell. Virginia enjoyed crocheting and other craft work.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Vergil and Edith Cottam, one brother, Robert Cottam, and one infant brother.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou (Jerry) Brake of Beatrice, NE and Wanda (Robert) White of Topeka, KS; nephews and nieces, Jana (Marvin) Seibert of Dewitt, NE, JD (Allison) Brake of Lee’s Summit, MO, Kent (Kim) Cottam of Hebron, NE, Kathy Browers & special friend Jerret of Hebron, NE, Kevin (Jani) Cottam of Hebron, NE, Kristy (Eric) Mathiesen of Hebron, NE, Jon Leonard and Nicole (Rob) Tappan of Topeka, KS; several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews; other relatives, and friends.
Cremation was selected and memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the Bachelor-Surber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, KS with Pastor Mark Baldwin, officiating.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Hubbell Cemetery.
Friends may call to sign the register book from 1PM until 9 PM on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to family choice.
Online condolences and information at
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.

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