"Dignity without Compromise"
Pauline Cotner of Okmulgee, Oklahoma passed away September 10th, 2006 after a short illness. She was born November 25th, 1919 in Watts, Oklahoma to Thomas and Julia (Sanders) Sturgis. Pauline attended Southeastern State University in Durant and taught elementary school prior to military service with W.A.C. Detachment 1883 in El Paso, Texas. She was Honorable Discharged November 18, 1945 from the U.S. Army. Pauline served as an x-ray technician and received the American Theatre Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Ribbon. She married W.G. Cotner on October 7, 1945 at the First Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas. They moved to Okmulgee in the late 1940ís where she worked for the Welfare Department and later retired as Assistant Librarian at the Okmulgee Public Library. The Cotner Family was active in the First Baptist Church of Okmulgee and the Boy Scouts. Pauline later enjoyed spending time with friends at the Senior Citizenís Center. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents,
husband, a brother, Forrest L. Sturgis, a sister, Ruth Sturgis Dunn, and a grandson, John Dustin Cotner. She is survived by her sons, Walt and Ruth Cotner of Houston, Texas, Terry and Kate Cotner of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Pat Cotner of Okmulgee, a brother-in-law, Tim and Betty Cotner of Durant, sisters-in-law, Dale Ashe and Helen Cotner of Raleigh, North Carolina and Ann Berman of San Francisco, California, a grandson, Nathan Cotner, two granddaughters, Sarah Powell and Corinna Romine, a great granddaughter, and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 14, 2006 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.