1930 – 2015

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Monita Irene Cote, 84, of Melbourne, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 23, following a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Monita was born in Lewiston on June 28, 1930, to Henry and Jeanette Poulin. After graduating from Edward Little High School, she worked as a teller at Casco Bank in New Auburn. She later moved on to work for many years as a bookkeeper for Cote & Sons and Cote Brothers. In 1954 she married Joseph Normand Cote and together they raised four children.

She was a longstanding member of St. Louis Church in Auburn, where she and her husband hosted bingo for many years. She also was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne. Her passions included gardening, taking her children to the beach, crocheting, knitting, and playing cards and games — especially with her grandchildren. Her greatest passion was dancing with her husband of 61 years.

Monita was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Normand Cote; son, Rick Cote and wife, Sue, of Milwaukee, Wis.; daughters, Lisa Blake and husband, Ron, of Turner, Gina Roberge and husband, Mike, of Melbourne, Fla., and Diana Sargent and husband, Dave, of Lewiston; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her brother, Leo Poulin of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and sister, Rita Callan of Danvers, Mass.

She was predeceased by her sister, Paulette Estes of Lynnfield, Mass.

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