July 20, 2014
Date of Service: July 24, 2014
Interment Location: Masonic Section
Rosella Laws Mottern, age 88, of Elizabethton, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 in the Greystone Health Care Center, following an extended illness. Mrs. Mottern was born in Oneida, Tennessee to the late Daniel M. Laws, Sr. and Anna Kate Worsham Laws. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Mottern on January 20, 1985; two brothers, Dan M. Laws, Jr. and Edmund Laws; and one sister, Norma Pike.
Mrs. Mottern earned her Masters Degree in education at Austin Peay University. She was a teacher for over 30 years both at the Tennessee Department of Education and in the Department of Defense. She was a member of the Elks Lodge and was of the Baptist faith. She was a United States Air Force Veteran and was an avid reader and enjoyed walking.
Survivors include a son, Charles E. Mottern, Johnson City; a daughter, Elizabeth Nutter, Elizabethton; three grandchildren, Weston Nutter, Jessie Nutter and Julie Nutter, all of Elizabethton; a brother, Robert C. Laws, Nashville; and a sister, Elaine McKelvey, Hillsboro, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to honor the life of Mrs. Rosella Laws Mottern will be conducted at 2:30 PM on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton. The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service on Thursday.
The graveside service will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Charles E. Mottern, Weston Nutter and others selected from family and friends.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association Northeast, 207 North Boone Street, Johnson City, TN 37601.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Mottern family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.