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Jessie Cote

June 28, 1978 — May 4, 2018

Jessie Hume Cote passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at her home in Missoula on May 4 th .  She was born in Ronan on June 28, 1978 to Gary and Christine Cote.

She grew up with her brother, Will, on the family property on Kicking Horse Reservoir.  As a child she and her brother Will spent many happy days playing, riding horses and fishing on the reservoir.  Jessie started struggling at a young age with mental illness brought on by a terrible bout of spinal meningitis when she was 5 years old.  She attended school in Ronan, until the pressures of teenage life took a toll, and she started traveling.  In her travels she met a true friend in Frank Purcell, who gave Jessie love, compassion and a sense of normalcy.  She and Frank traveled and enjoyed life for several years.  She has lived in Missoula for many years now, with the help of a lot of folks at the Western Montana Mental Health Center, where she enjoyed camaraderie and friendship.

She is survived by her parents Gary & Chris, her brother and sister in law, Will and Charlie Cote and their 3 children, Carter, Decker and Timber.  Charlie was a childhood friend who understood Jessie’s difficulties & treated her with love and kindness.  Also she is survived by her grandmother Francie Clarke, and many wonderfully kind aunts and uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Lucille Doyle, and her grandfather Dave Cote.

Mental illness is a horrific disease, which is not easily understood.  Jessie’s life has been a struggle for both her and her family, but along with these struggles, Jessie had good fun in life.

She and her brother learned to water ski on Flathead Lake at a very young age.  She was an accomplished piano player.  She loved animals and her church.  She had an infectious laugh that would make everyone laugh along with her. She was very bright and enjoyed reading and learning.

We find tremendous solace in the fact that Jessie, now, is at peace. The family will be having a private memorial at their home. The family wants to thank all the wonderful folks at the Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula, and all of her patient family for listening to her and her countless phone calls.

We appreciate the help of the Shrider -Thompson Funeral Home in Ronan.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jessie Cote, please visit our flower store.

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