Laura Vernell Cotten Anthony passed away peacefully Feb. 4, 2013, at her home in Kingsland, Texas. Vernell was born May 4, 1929, in Amarillo in Potter County. She was a descendent of two West Texas pioneer families: Monroe B. and Rebecca Sawyer and James H. and Sarah Jane Cotten.
Vernell was married to Billy Lee Flippin in March 1945. In January 1951, Vernell and William Earl Anthony were joined in marriage.
Vernell is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph W. and Laura A. Cotten; husband W.E. “Bill” Anthony; brothers, Garland Bernard, Duane C., J.W. Jr., Monroe B. and Arthur James Cotten; sisters, Vilda Johnston and Levadell Foster; daughter Laura Leigh Butler; and son, W.J.G. “Sonny” Anthony.
She is survived by her childhood friend and sweetheart, Doyle Cain; daughters Shelley Anthony, Judi Wilson and husband Brad Wilson and Antoinette Anthony; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vernell’s bright smile was known to light up any room she entered. She was loved by friends and family alike. She will be dearly missed by all.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Grace Baptist Church, 3928 RR 1431 West in Kingsland. A celebration of Vernell’s life will follow at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park, 4219 Park Road 4 South. Services will be officiated by Vernell’s dear friend, Pastor Jeff Davis.
Vernell’s family would like to express a special thank-you to all her wonderful caregivers as well as appreciation to Hill Country Memorial Hospice for the staff’s support.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society-Research Fund, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373. Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.