Michelle “Missy” Cottle Taylor, beloved daughter and sister, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 15, at the age of 45.
Born June 17, 1963, in Fredericksburg, Texas, Michelle was the eldest of two children born to Inona Kothmann Stringer and Johnnie Cottle. She grew up in Austin and Beeville. During her high school years she was involved in various teen modeling jobs and several beauty pageants. After high school, she attended Southwest Texas State University. She spent some time in Beeville before returning to her home, Austin.
Missy moved to Mason in 2002 and experienced a dream of hers by opening and running a café. After the café closed, she helped her mother in the catering business. Michelle was avid about the things that she liked to do, especially reading, cooking and coast fishing – water and sunshine were her friends.
She was a private person about her personal feelings but could strike up a conversation with a stranger and ten minutes later have a new friend. She had a tremendous sense of humor and a mischievous smile to go with it. Missy was a wonderful friend, always there when you needed her. She gave more of herself to others than she did to herself. She always had a smile for everyone she met. Her hugs and smiles will be missed by many. She and her sister Tara grew up spending summers in Mason with their grandparents. There they were exposed to the Lord, lots of love, nature and many cousins to have fun and get in trouble with.
Missy is survived by her loving mother, Noni Kothmann Stringer of Mason; her sister and brother-in-law Tara and Michael Fenton of Houston; her father and step-mother, Johnnie and Linda Cottle of Beeville; her brother, Tighe Cottle and his wife Eliana of Houston; and her sister Trisha Cottle Zertuche of Beeville. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Alexis, Cullen and Ashten Fenton, Julia and Jordan Cottle and Trent Zertuche as well as by aunts and uncles: Barbara and Charles Pluenneke of Mason, Billy and Marsha Kothmann of Mason, Sue Carol and John McKnight of Cincinnati, Ohio, Horace Thomas of Houston and Jim Kothmann of Pearsall. Additionally, she is survived by Charles Taylor and many other friends and relatives.
Funeral services for Missy Taylor were held on Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hilda United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Hilda Cemetery. Pat Pluenneke, Ron Pluenneke, Jim Kothmann, Kevin Kothmann, Korey Kothmann and Brad Bond served as pallbearers with Charles Milton Taylor III serving as honorary pallbearers. Memorials in her name may be made to the M. Bevan Eckert Library PO Box 1785 Mason, Texas 76856. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.