Photo: Betty/Cotter/Morris/1928-2021

Betty J. (Bell) Cotter, 93, of Morris, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Princeton, IL.  Born March 19, 1928 in Morris, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Obert) Bell.

Betty married Rudolph C. Cotter on June 22, 1947.  He preceded her in death on October 17, 2018.

Betty worked for many years as a cashier at Hornsby’s in Morris.  She was a babysitter for many, including her own family. She enjoyed gardening and reading and especially cherished family gatherings.

She is survived by her children Linda Kern (Gary) of Princeton IL, Sherry and Kevin Ballard of Peru, Peggy and Ken Nelson of Grants, OR, and Sandy and Charles Hyslop of Princeton KY; her grandchildren: Eric Nelson, Jessica (David) Dunham, Sara Hyslop, Jenny Hyslop, Valerie (Maurie) Tradewell, Matthew (Maribel) Kern, Brian Bublitz & Kerry, Karen Walker & Rob; greatgrandchildren: Adyn Bublitz, Anthony Bublitz, Damien Walker, Julie Kern, Tristan and Trinity, and Ashley Rizera; a brother, Kenneth Bell, and sister, Nadine Kingman.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her parents; two brothers, Harold and William Bell, and two sisters, Ida Dedinski and Ruth Partridge.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, followed by a Celebration of Betty’s Life at 7 p.m.  Aqua Cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

Due to COVID-19 requirements, safe social distancing will be required and we are asking for visitors to wear their masks while visiting the family.

An online guestbook has been made for the family, where you may sign the guestbook, share memories and photographs. You can access this by visiting the website at Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL.