May 1, 1935 – June 9, 2021
CRYSTAL RIVER, FL – Jacqueline May “Jackie” Cottrell, 86, died peacefully on June 9, 2021 at her home in Crystal River, FL. She was born in Detroit, MI, on May 1, 1935, and raised by adoptive parents, James M. Miller and Lulu C. Miller.
Jackie grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Carrick High School with honors in 1953. She then graduated from the Robert Morris School in Pittsburgh with a shorthand.
Jackie married Michael “Mike” Cottrell in 1985 in Glens Falls, NY. They were happily married for 36 years. She was a small town girl who enjoyed country life and the ethics and way of life that came with it. Always a lady and a fashion enthusiast, Jackie wore her own classic style. One of Jackie’s most adorable qualities was the twinkle in her eyes when she was happy.
Jackie is survived by her beloved husband, Michael Cottrell of Crystal River, FL; her half-brother C. Arthur Kauppi (Cheryl); her children Pamela Spinosi, Linda Andrews (Nick Brandon), Joanne Ratynski, Christine Rich (Gordy Davis), Joel VanDoren (Renee), Matthew VanDoren (Amy), Jaime VanDoren (Lana), Nancy Liebig (Seth); Stepson James Cottrell; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren who all adored them.
Jackie really enjoyed the simple joys in life, spending time with family, meeting up with friends and taking care of their animals. She was a passionate and dedicated volunteer for the Crystal River (now Florida Humanitarian) Humanitarian Workers for many years.