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JOSEPH EDWARD and MERYL LILLIAN COTE (published on May 23, 2009)


With great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved parents and grandparents in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Meryl Lillian Cote passed away on May 17, 2009 at the age of 84 years. Joseph Edward Cote passed away on May 19, 2009 also at the age of 84 years. They will be lovingly remembered by their son Joel (Sandra) Cote of Cooks Creek, Manitoba and daughter Cheryl (Robert) Bellamy of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. They also leave to mourn their grandchildren, Bradley Cote, Carlie (Sean) Cote, Averi Harrison, Nathan Cote, Matthew Cote, Graeme Harrison, Emmett Harrison, Jessica Bellamy and several nieces and nephews. Meryl was predeceased by her parents Charles and Alice Neville. Joe was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Alice Cote and by his siblings, Aline Gray, Alice (Lou) Filteau and Wilfred Cote. Meryl and Joe were married in 1957 and settled down in North Kildonan to raise their family. They were inseparable for 52 long years. Unconditionally devoted to their children, they so finely exemplified the true meaning of parenthood. Meryl was born on April 18, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she lived most of her life. She grew up on Henderson Highway and attended Prince Edward School. She then attended Lord Wolseley School where she was proud to be part of a champion speed skating team. At 16 years of age Meryl began working for J.M. Sinclair, a wholesale grocer, where she spent many years. Subsequently, she was employed at Eaton's Mail Order followed by AutoLine Automotive in later years. Meryl, a very gracious, caring person, was loved and highly regarded by her family and the company of lifelong friends who surrounded her. She, in turn, treasured all the people in her life and considered them as vital to her as the air she breathed. Joe was born on October 18, 1924 in Virden, Manitoba. He attended school in Pipestone, Manitoba and farmed in the Pipestone district until 1956, at which time he moved to Winnipeg to work for Grayline Transfer. Ensuing this, he was employed for many years by Hartline Western Ltd. delivering furniture. Joe also spent a brief time with Piston Ring Automotive before finally working for James Minsky Trucking. Joe, a family man, was very close to his three sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was known affectionately as Uncle Joe' to the generations of friends and neighbours he held so dear to his heart. A celebration of Joe and Meryl's lives will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 30, 2009 at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery located on Highway #1 East at Navin Road, Winnipeg 1-204-222-3241. Very special thanks to the caring staff at Moose Jaw Union Hospital and Chez Nous Seniors Home of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society 1-888-532-6982 or the Canadian Diabetes Association 1-800-226-8464.

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