Sally L. Sleeper Cottrill, 77

Dec 7, 2023

Sally L. Sleeper Cottrill passed away on Monday December 4, 2023. She was 77 years old.

Born in New Bedford, MA on December 3, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Donald H. and Esther V. (Sohlman) Sleeper. She was a longtime resident of both Fairhaven, MA and Marion, MA.

She was a tremendous mother who loved her three sons and their extended families dearly. Leading by example, she instilled a strong sense of family values in her children. She gained a strong love for music from her mother and a sharp wit from her father. She was always thinking about and trying to help other people.

Sally was an extremely dedicated employee of the New Bedford Housing Authority, serving as the administrative assistant to the executive director from 1982 until her retirement in 2018. She was also an active congregant of the First Congregational Church of Marion for over 40 years, contributing to the church in several meaningful ways. Other notable community contributions include her service as a Marion Boy Scout Troop 32 committee member for well over a decade, serving in various formal positions along the way. If any person or organization asked her for help, she had a hard time saying “no.”

She is survived by three sons, Donald and his wife of Guilford, CT, Eric and his wife, Caryn of Cary, NC, and Andrew and his wife, Andrea of Swansea, MA; four beloved granddaughters, and other extended family.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 8th at 10 AM at the First Congregational Church in Marion. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-7 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. For online condolence book, please visit