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Bettye Cothen dies in Miami at age 83

MIAMI (BP)–Martha E. (Bettye) Cothen died of Parkinson’s disease Jan. 10 at Vitas Hospice at the Miami Heart Institute. She was 83.

A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the wife of Grady C. Cothen, former president of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.) They were married 63 years.

She was a former member of the board of trustees at Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.

In addition to her husband, Cothen is survived by two daughters, Carole Shields Westbrook of Miami, Mary Thompson of San Antonio, Texas; a son Grady Jr. of Cheverly, Md; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Jan. 11 at Miami Shores Baptist Church, with burial Jan. 13 at the Roseberry Baptist Church cemetery near Mascot, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made in her name to the Baptist World Alliance, 405 North Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046.

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