Linda Gail Harper Cottam

Cottam, Linda obitMay 8, 1947 – December 2, 2015

On Dec. 2, 2015, my beloved wife, our adored mother, cherished sister and grandmother quietly slipped into God’s garden of peace and love.

Linda was born in the old McGregor Hospital May 8, 1947, the second of seven children born to Robert Earl “Jack” and Barbra LaFevre Harper. Linda was raised in old Sand Town of St. George where she attended West Elementary, Woodward and graduated Dixie High School where she enjoyed enthusiastically being a Jetette. She attended Dixie Jr. College and was a member of the Rebelettes Marching Team.

She married her sweetheart, Jim Cottam, in St. George, Utah, Sept. 9, 1967. Their life together has truly been devoted to one another. They were just short of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Family meant everything to Linda as she multitasked a 30-year career at St. George Clinic in insurance and medical records where every patient got a “Hello” and “How are you?” Many true friendships were made over the years, and a “Secret Santa” was created by her and Jim.

Linda’s greatest achievements in life was being a grandmother, mother, wife and friend, in that order, as she enjoyed reading and playing with her grandchildren.

In spite of failing health the last few years, Linda’s life was made enjoyable with loving, doting care of her dear Jim, who would do anything for his “Birdie Sue.”

Linda was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings through the years. She looked forward to her visiting Relief Society teachers. Linda had a wonderful testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Jim; her children, Debbie Williams (Troy) of Houston, Texas, and Clint (Danielle) Cottam of St. George; grandchildren, Haylee, Brodey, Tucker, London, Layla, Vincent, Chance and Beckett; sisters, Gwyn (Joe) Moore, Chris (LaMar) Miller and Arlene Harper-Veith; and brothers, Robert (Wanda) Harper and Leonard Dale Harper.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Barbra Harper; her in-laws, Ed and Dixie Cottam; and a brother, Douglas Harper.

A favorite poem of Linda’s by Shannon L. Moseley:

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God has chosen for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I’ve now found peace at the end of day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
don’t lengthen your pain with undo grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now — He set me free.

The family wishes to express our love and appreciation to Dixie Dialysis for their nonstop loving care shown for the “Cheetah Pod.” Special thanks to all her doctors and their staff.

Funeral services

  • Friends may call Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel.
  • A private family service will follow.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers you would please consider a donation to the Dixie Dialysis Center or the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Condolences may be submitted online.


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