Spotlight: Earline Cottet


By: Bryan Trude, feature editor

For 37 years, Earline Cottet has been an RSC fixture, first as a secretary for the LRC, then as a secretary for the Student Activities Office.

Through her years of service to the campus, Cottet raised eight children with her husband, Keith, who passed away March 2010, from muscular dystrophy. Her time at RSC also saw her overcome the death of a daughter.

Now, as she readies to retire on Dec. 17, Cottet speaks about what brings her joy in life, and lessons she wished she had learned when she was in college. “Life teaches us our ultimate lessons,” Cottet said.

Age: 60+ and holding steady

Hometown: Del City, America

Children: I have a son named Adam, who was a wife named Anna. My daughter Holley is engaged to her fiancé, Nick. I also have daughter Mackenzie, Isabelle, Sherry, and Gina, along with my son Chris. My daughter Ann Marie was killed by a drunk driver in 1992.

Pets: Two dogs – a Japanese Chin named Fancy and a Papillion named Keebler

Professional Credentials: I’ve been a freelance writer and playwright for the comedy-mystery group Whodunit Dining Room since 1991

Heroes: My late husband, for teaching me the true meaning of courage and appreciating life

Hobbies: I’m a member of the OKPaws dog agility club

Life-changing book you’ve read: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff” by Richard Carlson

Favorite form of exercise: Walking

Favorite food: Shrimp and a Sonic ice

Drink you would recommend to someone having a bad day: Unsweetened tea. Anything stronger will just make the day worse

Proudest moment in your life: I have had many proud moments, but none are based on any of my accomplishments, but are instead moments when I knew that I am loved, or when I’ve been lucky enough to love and be truly needed by someone else

Web site you recommend: eBay, because finding a bargain is a rush

Favorite song: “Because You loved Me” by Celine Dion. The people in our life are the biggest influence on who we are and who we can still become

Most desirable place to visit: The patio in my backyard, because it is quiet and I can enjoy the birds and my dogs

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you: Good health, memories, and a sense of humor, because without those, material things don’t matter

What would be written on your epitaph: We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing each other

Favorite quote: “When you figure out the answer, they’ll change the dang question”

Adjective used to describe you: Strong

Which would you rather discover, cure for the common cold or the flu: The common cold, we already have a vaccine for the flu

Scuba diving or skydiving: Neither, too wet and too high

Best advice you’ve been given: Learn to laugh at yourself

What cartoon character would you be: The Roadrunner, because he is a survivor

Favorite work of literature: “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” by Emma Bombeck. Her writings introduced me to the healing power of humor.

How do you take your coffee: Straight with no olive

If you could invent anything, what would it be: A cure for muscular dystrophy, because it personally touched my life and allowed me to met some amazing and brave people.

Favorite sports team: The Oklahoma Sooners football team. Like they say, I’m Okie born, Okie bred, and when I die, I’ll be Okie dead.

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