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08/13/1943 — 01/09/2024
From West Richland, WA | Born in Orange, CA
Sherry Gay Cote, 80, of West Richland, Washington, passed away peacefully at 8 pm on January 9, 2024, with her family at her side. She grew up in Southern California with her parents, Tony and Doris, and her brother Martin. She married Dennis Cote in 1964, with whom she had a son and two daughters. Sherry and Dennis raised their family in a rural lifestyle in Central California, on a ranchette full of animals and almonds. They moved to West Richland ten years ago to be close to their granddaughter.
Sherry was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She had a passion for learning and teaching, and shared her love of books and learning with her students and family. She tolerated Dennis’s bad puns, sometimes coming up with zingers of her own, and while she preferred a quiet environment, she couldn’t resist bopping along with classics from the Beach Boys and other artists from her youth.
Sherry had many hobbies and interests, such as photography, quilting, encaustic, cyanotype, and bicycling. She loved plants and nature, and went back to school as an adult to pursue landscape design. She had a keen eye for color, pattern, and texture, and liked to remix and edit photos taken on bike rides or while traveling. She also liked to design geometric quilts and teach others to use quilt design software. She was skilled in encaustic, a technique of painting with hot wax, and used her photos as backgrounds for her artworks. She also experimented with cyanotype, a process of creating blue prints using sunlight.
Sherry loved to travel and explore new places. She went on camping trips, RVing adventures, and cruises all over the US, Caribbean, and South Pacific. She especially loved Alaska cruises, where she admired the scenery and wildlife. She collected hand-crafted artifacts from her travels, such as pottery, glass, Santas, and elephants. She also liked hand-made jewelry of natural materials, but usually wore only her wedding band.
Sherry was kind, generous, and creative, with an infectious smile and a joy for life. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband Dennis, her children Ken, Kelly, and Kimber, her granddaughter Aeryn, and her brother Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents, who were both lost to cancer.
Sherry’s wishes were to be cremated and placed into a Living Urn, to be planted with a pink flowering dogwood. She also wanted Dennis to adopt a kitten in her honor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Library Association or the American Cancer Society in her memory.