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Obituary of Vivian Frances Cote

Vivian passed from this life peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 1, just three days shy of her 93rd birthday. She was surrounded in love and was with her family and friends at home in Nevada City. Vivian was born Sept. 4, 1923 in Lawrence, Kansas to Joseph and Anna Cosgrove. She was one of four siblings, who preceded her in death: Joseph, Mary and, Barney. She moved with her family to the township of Antioch, Illinois in 1938 where she attended and graduated from Antioch High School, class of 1942. She was an avid “thespian” and enjoyed many funs times with her sister Mary and best friend Betty Lou Williams. She met her future husband, Joseph Jerome Cote, in Chicago in 1943 when she was working for Tantalum Defense as part of the World War II effort. They were married in 1946. They had four children, Jeanette, Kathleen, James, and Joanna. In 1959 they moved to San Jose, California. In 1962 Vivian began work with the City of San Jose, including the city clerk’s office, until she retired in 1979. Vivian moved to Cassel, California, in 1989 and eventually bought a house in Burney, California, in 1991, where she truly loved living for 23 years. She worked at Rising River Lodge for seven years, finally retiring in 1997. She loved the lodge and the families that came to fish there year-after-year. Vivian loved her home and the time she spent in Burney. That was her “happy place.” Throughout her life, she volunteered at Triton Museum in Santa Clara, at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, and Burney Falls Museum. She loved to read about history and good books, and she was a lifelong learner and armchair adventure enthusiast. Vivian also loved to camp at Big Basin State Park and various Santa Cruz beaches with her family and friends. She instilled her great love of nature in her family who carries on the outdoors and camping traditions. She had a deep and reverent faith in the Catholic Church and her love of Jesus was always at the forefront of her interactions and relationships. She is so loved her family and friends. Vivian is survived by her children: Kathleen Whitcomb, James Cote, and Joanna Cote Thurman. Her beloved daughter Jenny Gamez passed away in 2009. Vivian was blessed with nine grandchildren and spending time with them and watching them grow up was one of her life’s proudest treasures. She wanted to see them all graduate from high school and she accomplished that, with her youngest two granddaughters now in college. She enthusiastically shared their interests and always encouraged them to follow their dreams. Her grandchildren include: James, David, and Matthew Gamez, Adam and Sam Cote, Janae and Jason Whitcomb, and Alanna and MacKenzie Thurman. Vivian was also blessed with four great-grandchildren: Niko Nelms, Zelo Gamez, and Danika and Bentley Gamez, with three more on the way. Services in Vivian’s honor are as follows: Visit with Vivian on Monday, Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m., Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose. Funeral mass to be held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, San Jose, Tuesday Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery to follow at 3 p.m.


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