Shirley Jean Parker Cothren, 78, of Statesville, N.C., died Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was born in Catawba County on January 20, 1942 to the late Walter David Parker and Mamie Mildred Null Parker. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Starrette; a sister, Ovaleen Privette; and three brothers, Edgar, David, and Wayne Parker.

She loved working in her flowers, going to the beach, camping, and going to the mountains. Her favorite thing in the world was keeping her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 63 years, Lonnie “Ed” Cothren; a daughter, Kim Harris (Jr) of Union Grove; grandchildren, Jennifer York (Buddy) of Harmony, Kris Alexander Cichelli of Statesville, Brent Alexander (Kim) of Harmony, Emily Starrette of New York, Sarah Tucker (Dustin) of Winston-Salem; and great grandchildren, Madison York, Caity York, Courtney York, Autumn Alexander, Caleb Cichelli and Emma Cichelli.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Jacob Scott officiating. The service will be live streamed beginning at promptly at 2 p.m.. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family asks that masks be worn and that social distancing is observed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville 28625 in memory of her daughter, Debbie.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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