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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Jean Cote
June 30, 1927 - August 30, 2020

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 93

Dorothy “Jean” Cote, 93, of Williston, ND passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston, ND

Jean Cote was born on June 30, 1927 in Williston, ND to Louis and Alma (Borley) Schumacher.

Jean was raised and educated in Williston, graduating from Notre Dame Academy, Willow City, N.D. with the class of 1945. Caring for others was a passion of Jeans. She enrolled in the Williston State College LPN Program in 1979. She received her nursing degree and started working at the Mercy Hospital. She also worked at the Bethel Lutheran Home and Upper Missouri District Health until her retirement.

She met Ralph Cote and they were married on November 22, 1945 in Willow City, ND. Together they raised 6 children, Susan, Carolyn, David, Barbara, Doug and Jennifer. Ralph passed away on October 17, 1977.
Jean’s faith was very important to her which made her a faithful servant of God. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a long time member of Catholic Daughters. She loved being on the Altar Society, serving others, gathering for food and fellowship.

Jean was a hard worker. She treasured the time she spent with her family and friends.

Jean is survived by her children; Susan Cote of Devils Lake ND, Carolyn Cote of Williston, ND, David (Connie) Cote of Deadwood SD, Barbara (Pierce) Schmaus of Glendive MT, Doug Cote of Breckinridge CO, Jennifer Cote of Williston ND; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; parents and three sisters.


Memorial Contribution
Family has asked in lieu of flowers, consider sending memorials to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 124 6th Street West, Williston, ND 58801.

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Janell Sailer (Williston, ND)
Aug 31, 2020
It is so difficult to say good-bye to my special friend---Jean. I so admired her strong Christian values and her talents of being an accomplished seamstress and her wonderful cooking skills. Jean loved talking about her family. It was with great pride when she shared stories and cherished pictures of them. May she now rest in peace.
Darrin & Jeanne Knudsvig, Bonnie Smith
Aug 31, 2020
Dave, Connie, Jennifer, Carolyn & Family
So sorry for the loss of your Mother & Grandmother. May you keep her memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead. She was a spunky fun lady to be around may she rest in peace she rallied for along time! May God comfort you all at this time my prayers & thoughts are with all of you she will be missed..

Peggy J Slough (Williston, ND)
Aug 31, 2020
So sorry to hear of Jeans passing
I will always remember her From my grade school days and
Especially her secret peanut brittle
Margaret Renbarger
Aug 31, 2020
To Jeans family, Sorry to read of her passing. She was one of my nursing classmates. Such a fun person!! Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Karen Mills (Sioux Falls, SD)
Aug 31, 2020
Pat and I smile when we think of Jean. She and Jen sat near us at St. Joe’s and we always chatted after Mass. Also, the two of them ran the bakery table at Mardi Gras so we got to do a lot of visiting. Rest In Peace, dear Jean. You were one of the best!
Chris Glueckert (Williston, ND)
Aug 31, 2020
Jen and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jean was a very special lady. We can be rest assured that the heavenly rummage sales are in good hands with Jean, Mary, and Ethel.
Roni Gravgaard (Williston, ND)
Aug 31, 2020
Jenn: My sympathy in the loss of your Mom. I enjoyed visiting with her at craft shows and ate my fair share of her delicious peanut brittle. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.
Debbie and Randy Wilcox (Minot)
Sep 1, 2020
So very sorry for your family’s loss of a special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Hugs.
Dave Hilleren-Marlene Smith
Sep 1, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to your family. I will always remember talking about recipes and "secret recipes ". God's Blessings to all of you.
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston, ND)
Sep 1, 2020
Jean did it all. With good cheer and humility. I admired her very much. I will always remember her with a smile on her face and a smile on mine.
Marci Arnold (Williston)
Sep 1, 2020
Jean was always smiling and such a character! We loved her when she taught us upholstery at UND-W Interior Design classes!! We laughed as much as we worked!! She was up for all our shenanigans as college age girls!! Loved that she was always my friend long after those days!! Prayers for comfort for her family.
Sandy Winter (WILLISTON, ND)
Sep 2, 2020
Carolyn and Family - So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one in a million - so much fun and a great baker. I learned upholstery from her and many other things. She will be missed by many. Hugs all around.
Peggy Conlin
Sep 2, 2020
Cote family sorry for the loss of your mom. Jean always had a smile and kind works for everyone. I remember so well taking several upholstery class from here and one time I turned around and she was laughing so hard, I was confused and she smiled and said you sure are not cut out to do upholstery we both had a great laugh and she showed me what was wrong. We laughed about that over the years. May your happy memories carry through in the days ahead. She loved her family. God Bless
Joan Larson (Williston, ND)
Sep 2, 2020
To the Cote Family,
I think of Jean with that twinkle in her eye, that smile and her laugh. And of course...her peanut brittle! We appreciated her all those years she came to Head Start and did health activities with the children. She was a devoted volunteer to our program. Rest In Peace, dear Jean.
Terry Haugen (Williston , North Dakota)
Sep 2, 2020
Dearest Cote Family...
Our memories are many through so many years. Our Jean was such a constant for so many.
Our lives were touched and impacted by her gentle soul, her humor, and her friendship. We will miss her. My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. Terry
Julie and Steve Treib (Williston, ND)
Sep 2, 2020
To Jean's family we send hugs and comfort to you all. Julie has fond memories of Jean coming to Head Start, such a delight! Loved her smile and laughter and her amazing peanut brittle! Treasure the blessed memories
Liz Bustad (Williston, ND)
Sep 3, 2020
I was blessed to have Jean as a co-worker and friend. She was a joy to work with and the clients loved her!!! Many fond memories of ours days together at the Health Unit. I will miss stopping by for coffee, reminiscing and enjoying a good laugh. Jean was very giving and talented and I admired how she shared her time and talents so willingly. She was challenged with the gradual loss of her eyesight and along with that having to discontinue doing so many of her hobbies (and she had many--you name it she did it ). While frustrated she accepted it with grace. She was a woman of strong faith and I know she is enjoying the promises of Christ! Taking comfort in knowing you are whole again. RIP my dear friend.
John Cote (Dickinson, North Dakota)
Sep 3, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, during this difficult time. Aunt Jean will be missed.
God blessings to all,
John and Joey Cote
Cindy Gardner (Williston, ND)
Sep 3, 2020
I have fond memories of the education she gave me, regarding my infants, when she was district health nurse. She was quite a lady & always pleasant. Her wisdom is something I reflected on later in my life, when I became a maternal child health nurse.
Pat Hagen (Williston, North Dakota)
Sep 3, 2020
Condolences Dave to you and your family. Thinking of you all. God Bless from me and Grandma Rose.
Carla Mindeman (Osakis, Mn)
Sep 5, 2020
I loved Jean so much! She really took me under her wing and treated me like family when we moved to Williston in 1981. We shared many laughs as we drove to immunization clinics all over Williams County. Jennifer was the first babysitter my girls ever had. I have such fond memories of times spent with her. My sincere sympathy to all of you.
Rebecca Barkie Womack (Williston , ND)
Sep 8, 2020
My sincere Condolences to the Jean Cote Family have fond memories of her from attending St Joes school and being in Catholic daughters and having a bluebird meeting at her house, I still remember the dessert she made for us (Date & Chocolate chip cake, it was the best) I remember her big smiles!May she Rest In Peace!
Gregg Glueckert (Billings, MT)
Sep 8, 2020
My thoughts are prayers are with you. Jean was always so full of life and laughs were plenty whenever she was around. I am a better person for having met Jean Cote.
Fonda Powell (Alexander, ND)
Sep 9, 2020
To the family of Jean, I’m sincerely sorry for your loss. Jean was my mother, June Slagle’s BEST FRIEND. I remember her as the best cook, friendliest host and the best person to be around because she was always laughing. I just loved her.
Leatha Campbell (Minot, ND)
Sep 9, 2020
Goodbye Jean, my dear friend. There is already a huge void in my life. Since we moved to Minot, Jean was the main reason for my return to Williston. She always had the coffee pot on, and she always had a listening ear and lots of friendly conversation and lots of laughs. My sincere sympathy to her family. I know you will miss her immensely, as will I. RIP, Jean.
DeAnn Andre (Great Falls, Mt)
Sep 11, 2020
Dear Cousins and Families, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I called my sisters and brother to let them know, and we had many laughs about our Moms and their many adventures in life. Our prayers are with you. DeAnn
Elvin and Mary
Sep 12, 2020
Thinking of all of you today with love and prayers. Rest In Peace Aunt Jean.
Chris & Kelly Haugen (Fort Worth, Texas)
Sep 14, 2020
Numbers 6:24-26
"The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." Rest in Peace Jean - Give Everyone up There our Love & Please Pray for us!
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