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Trista Michelle (McNeish) Cottrill, PhD

August 31, 1989 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 32)

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Trista Michelle Cottrill, PhD., 32, of West Sunbury passed away Wednesday November 10, 2021 at her home after a courageous battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Trista was born on August 31, 1989 in Butler as the daughter of William F. McNeish and Tracy L. (Webb) McNeish. 

Trista was a graduate of Moniteau High School Class of 2008. She then went to Slippery Rock University graduating in 2014 with a Bachelors in Biochemistry.  She continued her education at Duquesne University graduating in 2020 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy.  She was employed as the Pharmacist at the Clearview Mall Giant Eagle.

Trista is survived by her husband, James B. Cottrill Jr., whom she married on August 23, 2014; her 15 month old daughter, Mallory Sue Cottrill; her parents, Bill McNeish of Butler and Tracy L. McNeish of Slippery Rock; paternal grandfather Bill McNeish; maternal grandmothers Judy Webb and Judi Ruley; one sister, Lindsay M. Maples of Butler; her best friend who was like a sister, Amanda C. Dollman of Rocky Mount, Virginia; one brother, William J. (Jodi) McNeish, of Harrisville; and six nieces and nephews: Skyler McNeish, Jackson Bittner, Brianna Ray, Clark McNeish, Claire McNeish, and Charleigh McNeish.  She is also survived by her in-laws: Irene (Dave) Morgan and James B. Cottrill Sr., all of Butler and sister-in-law April (Dan) Bittner of Virginia; numerous Aunts and Uncles; and also her pets, Lily, Rigsby, and Lemieux.

Trista was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Richard L. Webb, paternal grandmother Connie McNeish, and her uncle Robert J. McNeish. 

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Monday November 15, 2021 at the William F Young Funeral Home 132 Main Street West Sunbury. 

Funeral Services will be Private Tuesday November 16, 2021. 

Burial in West Sunbury Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Trista’s honor may be made to the family for her daughter Mallory’s future.

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November 15, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
William F. Young Funeral Home

November 15, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
William F. Young Funeral Home

Private Funeral Service
November 16, 2021

William F. Young Funeral Home


Trista's Family for Mallory's Future

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