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1921 Harty 2015

Harty Walters Cotton

February 2, 1921 — December 18, 2015

Hortense (Harty) Walters Cotton, born February 2, 1921, in Thornton, Texas, lived with her Mother \u0026 French maternal grandparents, speaking primarily French until she was 5. Her Mother then married Luther Walker \u0026 had 2 brothers \u0026 2 sisters; Raymond, Boyce, LaVerne \u0026 Doris. Harty was a cheerleader in high school. She lived in Washington DC in the 1940s, working for the Washington Times Herald newspaper \u0026 hosting at Delmonico\u0027s, where she became acquainted with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. \u0026 Frank Sinatra. She was also a print model for hats and shoes. Harty met and married Donald Boyd Walters, Sr. in 1946 and moved to Prescott, Arizona. In 1953, they moved to Cottonwood \u0026 purchased \u0026 operated, for 27 years, the Verde Valley/Sedona Holsum Bread Agency. They raised 5 children, including their nephew, Jack Boast. Harty was the Chairman for Sedona \u0026 Verde Valley Mental Health Clinic Thrift Shops. She was a Girl Scout Leader \u0026 supported 4-H. She later married Richard Cotton. Harty had great energy \u0026 forged ahead in the face of any adversity. She always found a way, opening her heart \u0026 home to those in need. She nurtured wonderful friendships with many unique, pioneering and progressive thinkers. Harty instilled her impeccable sense of fashion, style and good manners in her family. She was beautiful \u0026 strong and lived with great integrity. She brought love \u0026 many treasured memories to the lives of those she touched. For the last 9 years, Harty resided in Washington state where she passed away peacefully on December 18, 2015. Harty Walters Cotton was dearly loved \u0026 will be deeply missed. \u003eShe is survived by her 4 children; Cheri Walters, Lacey, WA, Cynthia Walters, Monticello, UT, Don (Marci) Walters Jr., Flagstaff, AZ, Randy (Jessie) Walters, Cottonwood, AZ, her nephew, Jack (Anna) Boast, 8 grandchildren; Rudy, Tahalita, Brandon, Desiree, Adrianna, Jarod, Jonathon \u0026 Cierra and 20 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Boyce \u0026 her granddaughter Alexcis. A memorial service will be held at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave in Cottonwood on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1:00pm. An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com
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