Joan Pratt Cote, 1931 - 2015

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Joan Pratt Cote died Wednesday, January 7th at St. Mary's D'Youville Pavilion.  She was born Joan Beverley Pratt in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 19, 1931, the only child of Manfred C. and Gladys (Thompson) Pratt of Wilton, Maine.  She grew up in Brunswick and later Auburn, Maine.  After graduating from Edward Little High School in 1949, she attended the school of nursing associated with C.M.G. Hospital (now CMMC) and became a registered nurse.  She worked as an obstetrical nurse for several years at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Joan married Paul A. Cote of Lewiston in 1952 and lived with him in Boston until 1955, when they moved back to Lewiston to pursue his legal career.  After raising their four children, she became a licensed real estate broker and pursued further education.  She was active in local, state and national politics, and once served as the first and (at the time) only woman appointee on the City of Lewiston Planning Board. She was also an Alternate Delegate to the 1972 Republican Convention in Miami.  She volunteered her time generously for the Patronesses of St. Mary's and other local school, church and civic organizations.  She was a very accomplished pianist and loved to ski, play tennis, swim, cook and read. Joan was predeceased by her husband of 51 years in 2003. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses: Paul A. Cote, Jr. and his wife Pauline of Auburn, Maine; John P. Cote and his wife Gwyneth of Greensboro, North Carolina; Adrian A. Cote and his wife Judith of Niles, Michigan; and Julie A. Cote and her husband, Bill Costner of Alabaster, Alabama.  She is also survived by her six beloved grandchildren: Christopher Cote, Matthew Cote, Indiana Cote, Jack Cote, Cynthia Cote and Gray Costner. Joan loved and was very close to her in-laws, particularly the families of John and Rosemarie (Cote) Butler and Anthony and Adrienne (Cote) Emmi.  She loved to travel and entertain with her husband, both at their camp in Eustis, Maine and abroad.  Her great pleasure was spending time with her many friends and family members.  For many years, she organized the reunions of her nursing classmates.  She was especially close to her sisters-in-law, Rose and Adrienne, and was like a sister to three very close friends, Pauline Forrest, Carol Jongbloed and Joan Andresen.  She was loved and admired by her many friends and family members who will miss her greatly.  “Aunt Joan” will also be remembered as a very special person by the younger generations of those families and friends. 

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Funeral Notice

COTE, Joan, 83, of Auburn, died in Lewiston on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, N.Y. 10001, or to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 040861240.

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