Mona Renae Whittington
Mona Renae Whittington, 76, of Boise, Idaho, peacefully slipped away from us surrounded by the love of her family to finally meet her beloved friend Jesus Christ on February 28, 2018, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. An open house celebration of life will be held at her daughter’s home on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 pm, located at the end of Butte Court off of Allumbaugh between Fairview and Northview in Boise.
Mona was born June 15, 1941, in Sugar City, Idaho, the daughter of Clarence Cottom and Marcella Rowberry Cottom. She was raised in Rupert, Idaho, with her five brothers and sister, where she attended Minico High School. Mona moved to Boise in 1960 to attend cosmetology school. In 1964 she married Wally Whittington and had two children, Stephanie and Stephen. She worked as a dental assistant, typographer and ultimately spent her career in a supervisory position of the typography center of the State of Idaho Print Shop and State Copy Center where she worked amongst her many co-workers and customers she called friends. She retired in 2003 and spent the rest of her days helping to raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mona, affectionately known as Grammy by her children’s families, raised three generations of children, teaching morals, manners, generosity and unconditional love. She was a woman of frugality, yet always jumped at the chance to give to anyone in need. She would never take no for an answer.
It was her life’s mission to spread the love of Jesus Christ. When receiving a compliment, her typical response was, “What you see is the Jesus Christ showing through in me.” Her generosity truly knew no bounds.
She made a huge impact on everyone she ever met—and even those that never knew her directly. Family meant everything to her and she stayed in close touch with her children's families and each of her siblings' families. She was always there to offer an encouraging word and saw the best in each person she encountered. We all get to face our coming days as better people because of her kindness. This is the definition of legacy.
Mona is survived by her two children and their spouses, Stephanie and Tim Baird, and Stephen and Christine Whittington; her siblings, Brad Cottom, Rodney Cottom and his wife Brenda Cottom, Larry Cottom, Cathy Cottom; her best friend Betty Jollie; her grandchildren Michael, Tiffany and Dylan; and great-grandchildren Andrew, Nikki, Jason and Henley. She was also close to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Marcella Cottom, and her brothers Daniel Cottom and LeRoy Cottom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your favorite charity. Mona’s favorite organizations were the Boise Rescue Mission, Idaho Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul.