302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Sally Richardson Cottrell

Sally Richardson Cottrell passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020. Sally was 86. She attended Claymont High School and later Goldey-Beacom College. One of her first jobs was as the assistant to the President of Worth Steel (later Phoenix Steel) in Claymont.

Sally married Dr. Frederick L. Cottrell, Jr. and remained married to him for 60 years before his passing in 2015. Together, they raised two pretty good kids, Pamela Simon (Brian) and Fred Cottrell III (Marian), and helped raise three even better grandkids, Jake Simon, William Cottrell and Catie Cottrell.

Sally was predeceased by her father and mother, Harry and Margaret Richardson, sister Mary Lou Deakyne, and stepfather Samuel Gulley. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Sally was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. Her cooking was exceptional and, while not even a little Italian, her spaghetti and meatballs were legendary. After the kids were old enough and they “would not burn the place down”, Sally went back to work part-time at the Strawbridge’s in the Merchandise Mart where she made many new friends, something which came easily to her.

Sally volunteered her time, including to the Wilmington Flower Market. She was generous to a fault.

Sally’s family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Christiana Care and the folks at Comfort Keepers and Age Wise Solutions for her exceptional care recently.

Funeral Services

Because of the present distancing recommendations, services and burial will be private. Plus, Harry went hunting one day and decided to buy the family some cemetery plots in distant Crumpton, Maryland. In memory of Sally, please toast with a strong Manhattan and, while not necessary, consider making a donation to the “nice men and women” of the Claymont Fire Company, 3223 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware, 19703 who would occasionally assist Sally.

Condolences

    Kevin Bradley writes,
    Frederick and Pamela, I am sorry for your loss. Please know we will keep you and your families in our prayers. Sally meant so much to my mother Grace, and I'm sure they are carrying on together again. God Bless, Kevin Bradley
    08/31/2020 02:15 pm
    Kelly Bisch writes,
    Frederick and Pamela and family you are in my thoughts and prayers, Aunt Sally was a kind and funny person. She always made me smile. She was a dear friend to my mom. Now they can see each other again <3
    08/31/2020 02:41 pm
    Kelly Bisch writes,
    Frederick and Pamela and family you are in my thoughts and prayers, Aunt Sally was a kind and funny person. She always made me smile. She was a dear friend to my mom. Now they can see each other again.❤️
    08/31/2020 02:45 pm
    Gary & Kim Howard Burgmuller writes,
    Cottrell Family, WE wanted to send along our condolences on the passing of Sally. We are both CHS grads and had your Dad as a teacher years ago. Kim worked with Sally at Strawbridges at the Merchandise Mart. Sally may have even been at our wedding because Kim invited ALL her work mates. She remembers her fondly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all your family at this sad time.
    09/02/2020 09:26 am
    Lisa DiOssi lit a candle and writes,
    Frederick, Pamela & Family I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Aunt Sally was a wonderful person; always remembered to be very sweet, kind, and a great holiday dinner cook. Lisa DiOssi
    09/03/2020 11:33 am

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