Cossette R. “Tick” Feather, 85, of North Kingsville, passed away Monday evening, January 29, 2018, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home with her husband of nearly 66 years, Carl Jr., at her side.
Named after the “Cosette” character in Les Miserables, and nicknamed “Tick” for the Tickle Toes Doll, Cossette was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Henry, West Virginia, on the Maryland border. She was the daughter of Clayton and Violet (Keiper) Watring. She grew up in Thomas, W.Va., and graduated from Thomas High School.
She married her high school sweetheart, Carl J. Feather, in 1952, and migrated with him to Ashtabula County in the mid-1950s to seek employment. They resided on Wright Street in Kingsville Township for more than four decades. The couple’s 65th wedding anniversary was celebrated in April 2017 at a reception at their church, Monroe United Methodist.
She worked as a playground aide at Kingsville Elementary School for many years, retiring in 1981. Cossette was a member of several rural United Methodist Churches in Ashtabula County, and a member of the Kingsville Homemakers. She and Carl volunteered at the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for many years, and were active in their churches.
Cossette loved all things beautiful: the birds and wildlife that gathered at the feeders outside her kitchen window, her Holly Hobbie and doll collections, antique jewelry, vintage salt & pepper shakers, quilts and crafts. She loved to shop at area thrift stores and garage sales.
She was known for making and sending personalized cards of encouragement, crafting little gifts for shut-ins, and caring for several elderly widows in the community. She was a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother and friend who placed others’ well-being above her own comfort and needs, setting an example of unconditional, sacrificial love.
Cossette is survived by her husband, Carl J. Feather; son, Carl E. Feather and his wife, Ruth, of Geneva; grandson Aaron E. Feather and wife Kristi of North Kingsville; great-grandson, Mason L.; and a beloved sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Lowell Long of Dundalk, Md.; and three step-great grandchildren. She dearly loved dogs and leaves behind her beloved “Lucy Lou.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Watring; closest friend, Eleanor Hunt; and family from West Virginia, Arvin and Lucy Rumer.
At her request, a private service was held for family at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Julie Applegate of Monroe UMC officiating. Entombment is in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Contributions may be made in Cossette’s memory to the Monroe UMC.
Arrangements entrusted to Marcy Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.
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