Apr 11, 1936 – Apr 28, 2017
On April 28, 2017, a lovely spring morning, Marianne Cote went to the loving arms of the Father. Marianne left behind grieving family and many friends who will miss her warm and loving generosity and her charity towards those in any need and whom she served with authenticity and commitment.
Marianne lived a life of hard work, from scraping ship’s paint as a young teenager to working as a waitress in order to raise four children. But, besides her children and grandchildren, Marianne’s greatest contribution was to life and sacrament at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. In 1979, Marianne was hired by Fr. William Gallagher to work in the rectory as cook for the resident priests, a job she had to be pressured by family to take. She thought the priests could do better than her cooking. But Fr. Gallagher stated that in addition to putting on great meals in the dining room, she ruled as a wise mother from the kitchen where there were always an assortment of priests, and parish volunteers, ministers, and staff, chatting and watching her prepare rectory household meals. Her language over a smoking pot could serve as additional salt, and there are a goodly number of Archdiocesan priests who can attest to delicious meals served from a warm, welcoming and “ keeping it real” kitchen run by Marianne!
Fr. Michael Ryan saw that Marianne could serve the parish in another capacity, and directed her to assist with the parish Youth and Family Ministry, where she served parish families, coordinating baptisms, weddings, children’s religious education, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and other ministry programs. Marianne is well known to generations of Cathedral families, remembered as being instructive, supportive, and present at so many important celebrations of Christian Catholic life, and to the children in religious ed as the enforcer of liturgical procession place and direction and appropriate demeanor. She was very proud of her work to develop and expand children’s religious education at St. James Cathedral Parish. Marianne retired in 2013 after more than thirty years of service to the parish of St. James Cathedral. Marianne was an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Marianne is survived by her daughters Karen (Joseph), Terrie (John), and Sherrie (Valentino); grandchildren Tracy, John, Christopher, AnnaMarie, and Michael; great-grandchildren Jordan, Makala, Chelsea, Ashleigh, Christopher, and Keishionna; and was preceded in death by her beloved son Daniel. Marianne was the center of their family life, as the sun to the planets, and is keenly missed for the generous love and warm support she extended to her family. She taught them her love of the natural world and respect for native peoples. She shared her love of trips to the ocean, birdwatching, flower planting, and cooking. She taught her family to pray and sing. AndMarianne taught her family to believe, to love, to forgive, and, as always “ to be of good cheer”.
In the last hours of her life, Marianne assured all present that she would arrive at the gate of Heaven, singing “I’m here, Hallelujah!”. We know they were blessed in Heaven this past Friday morning to hear her song of greeting.
A funeral mass will be held for Marianne Cote at St. James Cathedral at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 8th, 2017. A Rosary service will be at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7th, in the St. James Cathedral Chapel.
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