Soprano Solo Artist Marilyn Cotton Passes Away

Marilyn Dillow Cotton was born to Oddie and Thelma Dillow in Red Bank, Tennessee on December 14, 1933, and 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 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 (PUC class ’52), evangelized around the world through The Quiet Hour to share 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 in 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 to advance young people’s musical talent, is greatly appreciated. Contact the SAU’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.”

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Shevwas by far the Best part of the telecast. tom. z.

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I was an earliteen new member in NYC when she arrived (part of a trio I recall). Imagine a new Adventist from a poor neighborhood walking into the modest Faith for Today office in Queens and seeing these stunning blond and brunette singers working away. Wow. They came to the big city to serve and serve they did–on one of the first religious television programs ever!!

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i can’t say i’m familiar with marilyn cotton…but i’ve just listened to youtubes of some of her songs…she is definitely from a purer, bygone era…it’s too bad people don’t generally sing like this now…

It’s too bad that most humans today have no appreciation for good and great music! How many, if asked on the street would know or recognize even a classical composer’s name? The lowest form of music, as in most entertainment has sunk to a low never seen before.
Sadly, the music in many churches has descended to the same level.

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