It is with great sadness that I report the passing last week of one of DAPCPA's most tenured and beloved clients. Jean Cotton, DVM had been a client of the firm's since 1997 and was greatly loved and respected by all of us. She was 72 when she passed.
I met Jean and her daughters Katy and Ruth in 1994 when I was with my previous firm. Having just moved to Cheyenne, we had a need for a good veterinarian for our cat (M&M) and our Labrador (Musket). Dr. Cotton was referred to us by my employer and became a fast friend to us and our animals.
Jean became a client after I opened my own firm and we had many wonderful conversations throughout our time together. She was as strong, proud and conservative as Wyoming itself. She was an intense advocate for her daughters and every animal that walked (or was carried) into her clinic.
My most poignant memory is when she took a trip to our office just to watch our labrador sleep. Musket was elderly by then, yet Missy and I couldn't make THE decision. Musket was an angel of a dog who had been a member of our family for many years. She was Missy and I's first dog together. Musket was becoming paralyzed in her lower back and we didn't know whether she was in pain or not. Jean watched Musket sleep and noted things that I didn't - things that indicated Musket was in pretty constant pain, but was hiding it while awake.
Jean took Missy's hand, looked into her eyes and said "It's time". Then she held Missy while she cried.
Jean was/is amazing. She and her daughters will always have my gratitude for their friendship and their business. I pray for their comfort in their time of sorrow and I pray that Musket and Twinkie met Jean at the gates of heaven and the they are all enjoying each other again.