Roseann Decoteau

November 19, 1929 - December 10, 2020

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Roseann Decoteau
November 19, 1929 -December 10, 2020 Roseann died peacefully in her sleep on December 10, 2020 of natural causes at a memory care home in Federal Way, WA.

She led a full and productive life by loving and supporting family and friends. Roseann was born in Rollette county, North Dakota. She grew up on the family farm located between Rolla and Belcourt, North Dakota with her parents Alex and Minnie Martin, Sisters Beatrice, and Gladys. The farm was located on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Roseann and her family are members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. In November of 1945, Roseann married the love of her life Ernest Decoteau. They were soon blessed with children Gary, Sharon, Dennis and Ron. Roseann and Ernest left the Reservation and Farm in 1955 and moved the family to Seattle where they found new opportunities for work and to build life for their Family. Seattle became their new home and reuniting with friends from North Dakota and making many new friends in the process. It was a good life with Ernest building a career and Roseann taking care of the home and guiding children along the path of life. On Roseann’s birthday in November of 1963 another son, Russell, was born to Roseann and Ernest.

Roseann and Ernest were loving caring parents for their five children. Roseann always took pride in keeping a clean house and cooking for the family. Due to the economy, Roseann and Ernest had to move several times for work. They lived in California, Arizona and Nevada for short periods of time always returning home to Seattle. The years 1969 to 2020 Roseann and Ernest’s family grew with 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren being added to the family. Roseann was happiest
when family was around. Roseann also had a great love of animals dating back to her childhood on the farm.

Roseann was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Ernest, infant son Clifford, parents Alex and Minnie Martin, Sisters Beatrice and Gladys, Nephews Jerry and Wayne. She is survived by Children Gary (Gail) Decoteau, of Nampa, Idaho, Sharon (Mike) Lindquist of Lovettsville, Virginia, Dennis (Aleen) Decoteau of Auburn, Washington, Ron (Patti) Decoteau of Carnation, Washington and Russell (Christine) Decoteau of Renton, Washington and all the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Roseann will be placed alongside Ernest at Bonney Watson Memorial Park. A celebration of life will be planned at a future date. Donations and memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Research or Humane Society.

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Virginia LaFontaine
Virginia LaFontaine
2 months ago

She was my friend who acted like my Auntie. My first memory of Roseann is of her sweeping the stairs that led up to the bedrooms. Ronnie was sleeping and all the other kids were at school. She was taking care of me for my Mom . I must have been about 3. We talked about family sleeping arrangements while I waited Ronnie to wake up to play with me. Our families visited and played together for years and years. In 2012 I got a dog and I would walk the dog to visit Roseann. We still talked like old friends do. She spoke of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with such pride. She fed me ice cream or made me coffee or just water. We drove to look at Christmas lights the year she lost Ernie. The Decoteaus are my lifelong friends and family . So many happy childhood memories after both of our families moved from North Dakota to Seattle. I am thankful for those days and look forward to when we are all reunited forever.

the Beckets
the Beckets
1 month ago

She was quite the spunky little lady. Always had a smile on her face.
the Beckets send their sincere condolences to the Decoteau family and friends.

Jessica L. Balderas
Jessica L. Balderas
1 month ago

Jessica Lisamarie Balderas(aka)Lisa

Jessica L. Balderas
Jessica L. Balderas
1 month ago

Aunty Roseann reminded me of The mom from leave it to beaver, she was always kind, dressed so lovely, and I can’t recall ever seeing her without a smile on her face…
Test in paradise Aunty love you, you will never be forgotten….