Elaine Marie Cotton

Elaine Marie Cotton

February 27, 1949 – June 29, 2024

Elaine Marie Cotton of Omaha, NE passed away on June 28th, 2024, at the age of 75.  She had just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her beloved husband, Dr. Joel T Cotton.

Born on the southside of Chicago on February 27, 1949, to Lorraine and Jack Finn, Elaine was the first of their four children. They relocated to Omaha when Elaine was in high school. She then put herself though college at Creighton University by working as a patient escort at Clarkson Hospital. It was here that she met the love of her life, Joel Cotton. They built their beautiful life together for the next 55 years in Omaha, NE. Her husband, family and friends, were the center of her life. Despite her small stature she was a beacon of strength and fortitude. Her sharp wit, her grace, her love of laughter, and her devotion to God, will be treasured in the hearts of her loved ones forever.

Elaine was the most wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Dr. Joel Cotton; her devoted children, Julie Cotton (Samuel), Dr. Jonathan Cotton (Colleen), and Lauren Cotton (Taylor); 5 loving grandchildren: Madeline, Molly, Rosie, John, and Rafe Cotton; and her siblings, Carol Finn, Jean Finn, and Patrick Finn. She was welcomed into heaven by her parents, Lorraine and Jack Finn.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 2nd from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7:30 p.m.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:30 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.




  • Alan Posted June 30, 2024 1:09 pm

    I am so sad. Elaine was a wonderful person. It is not easy to begin to accept this. Please know my heart is with you all.

  • Chelsey Nicol Posted June 30, 2024 9:20 pm

    God’s gained a beautiful angel. sending all the love your way💕

  • Michael Liston Jr Posted July 1, 2024 7:02 am

    So sorry for your loss. She was always so kind and such a wonderful grandmother to her grandchildren who adored her. She will be missed.

  • First rudyName Last tesarName Posted July 1, 2024 7:41 am

    Please accept our sincerest sympathies in your recent loss. Elaine was a beautiful lady and we know how much she will be missed by those who truly knew her. It was only six days prior to her death that we wished her “peace” at Mass. She will be in our prayers.
    Rudy & Judy Tesar

  • David & Paula Drzewiecki Posted July 1, 2024 10:00 am

    We are so sorry for this incredible loss to you and your family Julie. I know she was an important part of your family’s life. Our hearts are with you and yours during this very difficult time. Sending love from your Absolute family.

  • Peter Gassman Posted July 3, 2024 8:39 am

    Elaine was a beautiful person whom I considered a good friend . My sympathies to Joel, children and family . Her smile and laugh was gift to all.

  • Gerianne Buda Jensen Posted July 3, 2024 10:52 am

    I was so saddened to hear of “Miss Finn’s” passing. She was one of my favorite teachers at St. Margaret Mary school. I loved learning French from her! Several of us Junior High girls were invited to her wedding to Dr. Cotton at St. Margaret Mary Church. Hard to believe that was 50 years ago!

    Sending prayers to the Cotton and Finn families.

  • Bonnie Holden Posted July 6, 2024 10:00 am

    Very sorry to hear of your loss of Elaine. We shared so many great times with you all–bicycle trips, sailing, cooking, hanging out at the Larsens and your visits to Texas. I have thought of you both so many times with very fond memories.

  • Douglas Ora Latta Posted July 6, 2024 6:54 pm

    Elaine was a wonderful beautiful person. Lots of memories through biking My heart goes out to her family. May she RIP. Will always miss her.

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