Henley Standard Property


Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Woman with saintly quality of selfless love
Published 14/04/14

NICOLETTE COTTON, born Cunliffe, who lived in Rupert Place, Henley, died two weeks ago, aged 84.

She was an inspiration to her friends, neighbours and family and an abiding example of that quality of selfless love which is the mark of a saint.

Hers is an example to follow for she combined a loving spirit with humour, a regal, gracious poise, good taste, delicacy and great care for others as well as for her husband and family.

Her work with the bereavement counselling service Cruse in Reading was one of many examples of her capacity to listen and support people in their need.

Nicolette learned the virtue of hospitality as a little girl for she was a naval captain’s daughter and when her father Bob entertained the naval cadets at Dartmouth she was expected to help. Her father’s naval career saw Nicolette and her two sisters move with their parents to South Africa and then to Canada, where she trained as a secretary.

Then she returned to England to work in the Foreign Office.

From there, she moved to Paris to work in the British Embassy from 1951 to 1954. She left to marry Robin Cotton.

Their first home was in a village in Nottinghamshire. After two years her husband’s firm needed him to move south and they settled near the famous Kew Gardens.

As Nicolette was a gifted gardener, this move must have been bliss.

The couple had two sons, Richard and Philip, and two daughters, Penelope and Caroline, and 13 grandchildren.

The Cottons moved to Rotherfield Greys in 1974 and then, seven years ago, into Henley.

Nicolette continued to exercise her great gift of hospitality and many who moved here were made welcome at the Cottons’ home where she ensured no one felt left out or un-introduced.

She did, it seemed, everything right, yet never made one feel one was doing anything wrong.

She enjoyed visiting people, including the housebound. She was involved with various charities, particularly the Mothers’ Union, and solid in her support of the church and its ministry of faith, hope and love.

A memorial service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Henley, on May 1 at 2.30pm.

Published 14/04/14

Legend’s daughter has embraced musical role
Newcomers scoop brewery award
Dr Foster episode being filmed in Henley
Charity ball raises 19k for hospice
Contractors warn of Henley road closure
Have a walk and then enjoy a pint!
Wife's anger at grave blunder
Protest for gym site care home visit
Events announced to mark Remembrance Day
Care home approved despite protests
Reading East MP backs petition to save bank
Residents' group marks 25 years on council
Prime Minister pops in to Christmas Fayre
Mountain bike challenge raises 29,000 for PIP
29ft fir to adorn town centre this Christmas
Residents protest care home plans
Protest for gym site care home visit
Wife's anger at grave blunder
Museum cafe operator resigns
The councillor with many other hats
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
Frieth Hilly attracts Team GB runners
I only ran for fun, says 10km winner
Ireland keeps nerve to secure County title
Youngsters impress at Reading tournament
Draw not won
Top Videos
Most Popular
Higgs Group
Tel: 01491 419400
Tel: 01491 419419
Tel: 01491 419429
Tel: 01491 419499
Tel: 01491 419449
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2016  |  Registered in England number 1418717