Edith Sophia Carol Cote (MacKinnon) was born in Edmonton on Sept. 19, 1941, and passed away at home, in Youngstown, Ab. in her “big chair” on Oct. 5, 2018.
Edith was the third child of William Gordon and Emily MacKinnon, a younger sister to June and Jock, and a few years later a big sister to May.
The family lived in NWT and northern Alberta until they moved to Youngstown in 1952. Shortly after they moved to Youngstown her Dad got sick.
The family had some hard times for a few years but the whole family pulled together, worked hard and got through it. Edith worked at many jobs during her school years and eventually worked as a waitress at the Esso in Youngstown.
She met Jack Cote and was married in Youngstown on May 17, 1968, and lived at many places in Alberta, mostly in the north.
Their son, Leonard John was born in 1969 and daughter Patty Dawn joined the family in 1971.
Jack worked for the TD Bank but had to retire early due to health reasons. After his banking days, the family tried many different things, from owning a general store to raising miniature horses.
Edith and Jack did some travelling together and spent 10 winters in California and enjoyed living and working at the Deer Meadows Golf Course during the summer months. Jack passed away in 1995 and Edith continued on with life without him for 23 more years. S
he eventually purchased her house in Youngstown and continued to work at the golf course and live in her holiday trailer there for many summers.
She loved that job and talked about it all the time, along with all the good friends she met while being there.
During her lifetime, she travelled as much as she could; NWT, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Cuba, Caribbean cruise, Mexico, coast to coast in Canada, and through many of the US states.
Her highlights were starfishing in BC, fresh lobster in New Brunswick, clam digging in Nova Scotia and gold panning in Alberta.
Edith loved to work and was a hard worker. She also loved to bake and gave most of it away. She was a very generous lady and she loved all kinds of animals.
Edith really enjoyed curling and probably if someone would have asked her to curl right up to her death, she probably would have tried. She liked watching curling on TV and you certainly didn’t try to phone her while curling was on.
Edith is survived by her son Leonard of Barrhead; daughter Patty (Kevin Soltys and his kids, Jake and Jaeden) of Strathmore; sister-in-law Betty MacKinnon as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and all her siblings.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Nov. 24, 2018, at Youngstown Community Hall at 2 p.m.
Memorial tributes may be made directly to the Youngstown Community Hall. Coronation Funeral Home, entrusted with arrangements. 403-578-2928 www.coronationfuneralhome.ca