Marilyn A. Cota, 64, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Crestview Care and Rehab Center in West Branch surrounded by her family and many friends following a short battle with brain cancer.
Marilyn was born September 9, 1948, in Iowa City the daughter of John W. and Marilyn Ditmars Leonard. She was a graduate of West Liberty High School in 1966. She was united in marriage to Joaquin “Jack” Cota in 1978.
She had been employed with Louis Rich Foods/West Liberty Food for over 40 years and Herb and Lou’s in West Branch for 15 years.
According to her family, Marilyn was “mom” and “grandma” to a community. She took pride in her children and grandchildren, watching their activities and anything they took part in. She was an avid West Branch Bears fan.
Survivors include her husband Joaquin Cota of West Branch. 4 children: Thomas Beaver of Lucy, Tennessee, Michael (Jana) Beaver of West Branch, Jeremy (Ethel) Beaver of Millington, Tennessee and Michele Beaver of West Branch. Grandchildren: Cassie Beaver, Jonathan (Martha) Fountain, Chantry (T.J. Noel) Burkholder, Caleb Burkholder, Brandon Beaver, Dylan Beaver, Mikaila Beaver, Skyler Beaver, Gabe Rocha, Tony Rocha and Aleah Rocha. Great grandchildren: Jonathan and Jacob Fountain and Lyla Snyder. Two Brothers: John (Dorothy) Leonard of Palmer, Alaska and Mark Leonard of Nome, Alaska and a sister Sue Grove of Fargo, ND. A sister in law: Brenda Leonard of West Branch. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and many others that were just like her own and she called her own. She was preceded in death by her parents and Brother Tom Leonard.
Visitation was Tuesday, March 12, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Following the visitation, cremation took place with burial of her cremains at a later date in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. A memorial fund has been established.