Helen Wildean Cotman


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Helen Wildean Cotman of Abilene, TX departed peacefully on April 17, 2007 at her home.Born August 22, 1937 in Vaughn, Mississippi to Candis and Paul Shelby, Sr., she was the oldest of six children. She received her education at Wheatley Elementary, Lincoln High, and the General Hospital No. 2 School of Nursing, where she became a Registered Nurse. She received her B.S.N. from University of Texas-Arlington. In 1960, Helen was united in marriage to Robert H. Cotman, and to this union three daughters were born. In the military, they {{more}} traveled extensively and made many lifelong friends. They moved to Abilene, Texas in 1972. She worked at Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene State School, and the Texas Department of Human Services from which she retired in 2003.Helen was active in the Abilene community. She was the Queen Bee of the Red Hat Society, a member of the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; an avid participant in the Cancer Walk for Life and Big Brothers and Big Sisters; and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, as well as working as an Aularale Cosmetics consultant.She professed Christ at an early age at the Southside Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Helen had been an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church since joining in 1973. Throughout the years she had served in the Mission, Choir, and Vacation Bible School as director, and as the announcement clerk.She leaves to cherish her memories, husband, Robert Cotman of Abilene; daughters, Toni Cotman of Detroit, Michigan, Sheryl Shelley of Glendale, AZ, Cynthia Reed of Fort Worth, four grandchildren, Daron Cotman, Tia Hardin, Daryl Shelley and Dana Grace Shelley; and a special niece/daughter, Latonya LaTrece Smith. Survivors also include two sisters, Grace Crain and Marva Harper of Kansas City, MO; three brothers, Paul Shelby, Benny Shelby and Calvin Shelby , and cousin/sister, Gerri Davis, all of Kansas City MO; special friend/sister, Eleanor Truvillion; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews, Aaron Shelby and Andrew Tann.Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, receiving from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. The Reverend Matthew M. Lubin will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, April 22, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent In Memory of Helen W. Cotman to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 209 South Danville, B-107, Abilene, TX 79605. Memorials

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