For the next few weeks, Sportwaiver.com’s weekly post may not appear each week. My wife, and partner in life, succumbed to lymphoma. She played a major role in the website and all my publications, whether they carried her name or not.
Because I know many of you knew Mary, I am posting just a part of her obituary including a photo that I took on a trip to Malaysia about three years ago. I am not sure when the next post will appear, but hopefully soon. Please be patient.
Mary Betts Cotten
Mary Frances Betts Cotten, age 80, of Statesboro, Ga., wife of Doyice J. Cotten, died Monday, September 7, 2020, at Ogeechee Area Hospice. She grew up in Quincy, Florida and attended Florida State University, where she met Doyice in their senior year. She graduated magna cum laude in 1961 with a major in math. She completed her masters in 1963.
She taught math, usually half-time, in Florida High in Tallahassee, at Mobile College, and at Georgia Southern College before becoming a full time homemaker and mom, giving birth to a son and a daughter.
Mary was a person with a positive attitude, a beautiful smile, and an adventurous spirit. Mary’s smile, generosity, kindness, and natural friendliness enabled her to befriend people as we traveled all over the world. She was a strong Christian, a member of First Baptist Church, Statesboro, and put her beliefs into practice. She led a church circle delivering Meals on Wheels for more than 40 years. She loved and believed in America; she was a patriot and a conservative. She was an avid reader, she loved mysteries on TV, she liked to watch the Braves on TV, and she loved watching college football.
She took an active role in all of Doyice’s business endeavors, including Sport Risk Consulting. She co-authored Waivers & Releases of Liability and did much of the editing of Law for Recreation and Sport Managers. She also contributed to most, if not all, of the posts on Sportwaiver.com and worked with Doyice in writing liability waivers.
Due to COVID-19, a small graveside service and burial was held Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Eastside Cemetery in Statesboro with Dr. Dave Parker officiating. When the COVID-19 problem subsides, we will have a church service in which all of us who knew and loved her can celebrate Mary’s life in the way she deserves.
Needless to say, she was the best thing that ever happened to me, as evidenced by 58 years of marriage.