Marion Sovine Howell Cottrell, 84, of Hurricane, formerly of Vienna and Milton, W.Va., passed away peacefully Feb. 8, 2013, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, after a long illness.
Marion was born June 7, 1928, in Hurricane, the eldest child of the late Howard Sovine and Thelma Smith Sovine McElroy.
She was a member of Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church in Hurricane, and a former member of Milton United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna. Marion was president of her 1946 graduating class at Hurricane High School, and taught school for one year at the Seldom Seen School in Putnam County. She later worked for a number of years at the C&P Telephone Company office in Milton. In 1954, she met and married the love of her life, Walker Gene Howell. They lived in Milton until 1966, when they and their two children moved to Vienna, W.Va.
After Gene's death, Marion returned to Hurricane, and in 1992, married Forest Cottrell. She lived the final years of her life at Broadmore Assisted Living in Hurricane. In addition to being an active member of her church, she was a lover of chocolate and cats, an avid reader, card player, crossword puzzle expert, and lifelong Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. Marion had a wonderful, giving personality and spent her life loving her family, her church and the many people she met along the way. She will be greatly missed by all of the people whose life she touched over these past 84 years.
In addition to her parents, Marion was preceded in death by husbands, Gene Howell and Forest Cottrell; and by her brothers, Bruce Lynn Sovine, Tim Wise, Doug Wise and Riley Sovine.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Carrie Howell of Hurricane; daughter, Beth Howell McClain of Gahanna, Ohio; grandchildren, Shaun Montgomery and wife, Nicole, of Columbus, Ohio, Shannon Schreiber and husband, Donald, of Columbus, Ohio, Adam Howell, Mandy Howell and Jacob Howell of Hurricane; great-grandchildren, Gavyn and Hannah Montgomery, and Dylan and Payton Schreiber; sisters, Carol Sovine Rowsey of Hurricane, and Lois Sovine White and husband, Jim, of Huntington; brother, Paul Dennis Wise and wife, Jane, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; many nieces and nephews to whom she was very close; and other special family and friends.
The family would like to express its love and appreciation to the staff at Broadmore Assisted Living, for all the care and love they have shown our Mom for the past five years.
The family suggests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV 25387.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Monday at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.