Born, raised and married in North Dakota, Molly and her husband Tom crossed the border to Minnesota where they raised their three children in Little Falls. After teaching Elementary Special Education for 32 years, Molly retired and they moved to Colorado in 2015 where their two daughters reside.
Having lived in smaller communities and having already experienced 55 plus living (at their winter home in Arizona), the Cottons were drawn to HTC, its many activities and its friendly, caring community of people. Tom kindly refers to HTC as a, “big kid’s sandbox”. Though she misses the lakes, loons and trees of Minnesota, they love the view of the mountains and the 300+ days of sunshine!
Since moving here and with Tom still working remotely with their MN business, Molly has enjoyed taking part in the hiking club, Women’s Golf, Women’s Bible Study, Crooners, water and aerobics group, corn hole along with the Beer and Wine clubs. They love trying new beers! As a couple, they enjoy playing 500, Carbles, dining with friends and participating at their church. When not taking part in HTC activities, Molly also enjoys reading, playing piano, doing small quilt projects, and spending time with their kids and grands. During the school year, she also substitute teaches at a few of the 27J schools in the area of Special Education.
Molly and Tom are parents to Maggie (Clayton Shearer), Brighton; Hannah (Tyler Swanson), Mead; and son Joe Cotton (Brittany), Roanoke, Virginia. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren; six years old and younger - five granddaughters, one token grandson and another Cotton grandchild due in January.