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Obituary for Mrs. Carolyn "Kay" Cote

March 25, 1937 - March 20, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 80

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CAROLYN "KAY" COTE
March 25, 1937 – March 20, 2018

Carolyn "Kay" Cote left her Walk of Life peacefully on March 20, 2018.
Her unexpected loss is felt by many close friends, family, church and community members. Kay was born in Belleville, Illinois on March 25, 1937. She always claimed the Mid-western values of friendliness, perseverance and patriotism that she learned early in life.

As a child, she loved riding her horse, Beauty, practicing the piano and playing 'dress-up'. Her love of beauty, music and fashion was evident throughout her life. The eldest daughter of Howard and Helen Glenn, she grew up in the small town of O'Fallon Illinois with her sister, aunts, uncles and cousins she dearly loved.

A graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1957, her life journey was already clear. Recognized in her Senior Yearbook has having "a loyalty to high ideals, a desire to be a positive force for good, a tolerance for the beliefs of others and an appreciation of spiritual values."

Kay found her way to San Antonio in 1964 and soon became a strong advocate of the City's colonial heritage, culture and community. She was a avid follower of the San Antonio Spurs and regularly attended events at the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Her love of beauty took her frequently to the McNay and Witte Museums and she particularly enjoyed the botanical Japanese Tea Garden.

Her commitment led her through a variety of roles in public relations, community outreach and cause-related activities for both not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises.

Kay served as Director of Public Relations for Church's Chicken from 1976-1986 then started her own direct mail service business. Her many civic endeavors included communications consulting for the City of San Antonio for the Disability Access Office, several City Bond Campaigns, City Council District 8 Field Office, public relations for the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District and serving as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Ron Nirenberg's City Council campaign.

Ever vibrant, she desired to put her experience, skills and passion to work for organizations dedicated to serve and benefit the community. In 1984, she created a communication service and support center for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members. She was a founding member of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure affiliate in San Antonio in 1997. Kay also worked with Christie Santa Rosa Hospital to launch a Mobile Mammography Service. Always desiring to be a positive force for good, she was very committed to the missions and services provided by San Antonio's Magdalena House and ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Kay valued learning and dedicated herself to many different education and spiritual growth programs. She was a graduate of the Master's Leadership Program in 2010, attended a variety of studies at Oblate School of Theology, engaged in Contemplative Studies, classes at the Sol Center and several prayer groups. Her bookshelves were filled with religious and spiritual studies texts, all with notes and comments in the margins. A true student committed to personal spiritual growth, she was a long-time member of University United Methodist Church. She loved her church family, both giving and receiving support from her UUMC community.

She is survived by her two daughters - Valerie Richardson and husband Dan Ballenger of Dallas, Kimberly Fawcett and husband Phil of Nashville; granddaughter - Kellie Bonem and husband Jon, grandson - Corey Fawcett; sister - Cindy Donovan; and several extended family members.

Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

A Celebration of Life Service and Reception will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 2:00pm at University United Methodist Church. 5084 De Zavala Road, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ABODE Contemplative Care - www.abodehome.org or Magdalena House - www.maghouse.org.

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