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Carol Cottingham

d. October 19, 2018

Carol N. Cottingham, age 81, of Austin, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin. Carol (Erickson) Cottingham was born September 25, 1937 to Marvin & Burnice “Bunny” Erickson in Preston, MN. Carol grew up in Austin, MN and graduated from Austin High School and Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching. She proudly raised two sons, Gregg & Jeff. Carol taught 5th grade in the southern Minnesota area until 1981. In 1982 Carol and her husband, Roland Cottingham, traveled to Moshi, Tanzania to be missionaries. Carol discovered a new meaning to her life and loved helping people. In 1985 she traveled to Wau, Morube Province, Papua New Guinea, as a teacher, boarding parent and lecturer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church until 2002 when she retired. Over those years she traveled to countless countries including Europe, Southeast Asia and many other countries in Africa. Survivors include her son, Gregg (Laurie) Cottingham; grandson, Ethen Cottingham; brother, Chuck (Carol) Erickson; many nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend, Cheryl Bruggeman. She is preceded in death by her parents; and son, Jeff Cottingham A Celebration of Life for Carol will be held at Mayer Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 beginning at 1:00 pm. The celebration is informal as Carol would have loved it. Anyone who’s life was touched by Carol is welcome to come share their experiences with all of us. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

Service Information


Grandview Cemetery
US 218
Austin MN 55912


Thursday, October 25 2018
1:00 PM

Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW
Austin MN 55912

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