I never had Ms. Cote as a teacher at Palm Springs High School, but I felt her presence as I am sure many did. My fondest memory of her was that a friend of mine who became too ill to continue in classes and received home tutoring had Ms. Cote continue to work with him. Everyone has heard of the few people who give the extra measure of care and devotion to duty. Ms. Cote performed it honorably.
I am so grateful to have been your student in Latin classes in 1985-87. Your dignified manner and high expectations for us remain in my memory. What a gift to all of us for so long! What passion you must've had for your students because we were a testy bunch, but underlying all the naughtiness was a deep respect. I don't remember anyone who didn't respect you and your methods. Your legacy will be the influence you've had on us all. Congratulations on getting your wings, Miss Cote.
The Scholl family extends our most heartfelt condolence to the family and friends of Letha. We became acquainted with Letha when my father, George Scholl, joined her on the faculty at PSHS in 1954. Over the years Letha was a valued family friend. My son Sean and Susan's daughter Jennifer remember special times with her as well. Letha had an amazing life and had great stories to share. She will be missed.
MS. COTE WAS ONE OF MY FIRST TEACHERS MY FRESHMAN YEAR.GREAT TEACHER// LONG TIME FRIEND/ AND FRIEND OF MY FATHER / P.S.H.S.(50-55) BOTH SENIOR CLASS ADVISERS SENIOR YEAR.. WHEW, I PASSED HER COURSE. WOULD ATTEND 50S DINNERS WITH US. AND OUR 50TH REUNION( CLASS 55)
ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO YALK TO HER. GOD BLESS// BILL MANGER ( FOR JUDITH ALSO) CLASS 55
My comment on Letha's passing was incorrect in that we exchanged lengthy letters until she could no more see. Then began our lengthy telephone calls. But I repeat, I so wish more people could have listened to her quote poems and talk about poets...such a grand lady.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Be comforted too with the promise from God at Psalms 37:9-11, 29 that will one day soon, become a reality. Joyce Bailey, (Phoenix, AZ)
I will miss Letha. She was a brilliant articulate woman who brought much to the professional field of teaching. I salute you on your way, Letha. Thank you for being you.
Miss Cote was one of my first teachers(1952)I learned to speak a little frnch but all and all her contribution was study,study ,study
We will miss Letha Cote. She was a trusted friend, treasured colleague, and an inspiration to many. We spent many hours together working toward improving education for students in PSUSD. When other teachers passed away, Letha always had just the right words at memorial services. She will be missed by all who knew her. Thanks, Letha, you were a true educator in every sense of the word.
I'm saddened to learn of Letha's passing, but to pull up this book, and see all the beautiful sentiments to her, really touched my heart. We were in Kiwanis Club of PS together for many years, and I don't care what it was you asked Letha to do, she'd do it. If you would pick her up and get her there, she'd do anything and everything. She was a beautiful woman, and she will be missed.
I had Miss Cote for 3 years at PSHS. Twice a day as a sophomore for Honors history and Latin 1. I did well in all my classes with her even though I didn't follow rules all that well I think she sensed in me my love of History and that resonated with her. I was able to tell her when I saw her at one of the reunions how much Latin helped me in my understanding of vocabulary and how it has served me well ever since. Finally, I would like to say that most people do not know how educated she was, going to Europe during the summer to study and teach. I was lucky to know her ! RIP Miss Cote! Mike Moonan
Of all the teachers I had at PS High, she is the one I still remember 33 years later. I am happy she continued teacher and made such an impact on so many kids. Rest in Peace. Prayers to her family and friends
What an amazing person & teacher Ms. Cote was! Thank you for having a positive influence on so many of us kids!!
An amazing legacy at Palm Springs High School has passed. Ms. Cote was rich in knowledge that she imparted to students who took the time to appreciate it. She could have done anything with her life, but she chose to share her gift with us, the students at Palm Springs High School. We may have took it for granted at times, but now I realize how much of my love for history was ignited by her passion. Although I never thanked her personally for it, my heart is full of gratitude today. I picture her sitting in heaven talking to all of those ancient people that she taught us about now, giving them a lesson...maybe even in Latin!
If you are lucky, someone will change your life forever. That is what Letha did for me 50 years or so ago. She showed me that with knowledge, one can achieve many things. She showed our class how big and amazing the world can be. My daughter was her student as well, receiving a Latin award. It is difficult to imagine that this accomplished woman is gone. She however will never be gone from our hearts and minds. Our appreciation for her will linger through generations to come.
Stephanie Reed Salter RN, and Allison Becker Platt
Ms Cote was my daughter's favorite teacher at Palm Springs High School. She is the one teacher she has continued to talk about for the past 30 years. She was an excellent teacher.
Miss Cote was my Latin and World History teacher she was stern but a great teacher.she was a sharp dresser I will miss her very much RIP Miss Cote
Ms. Cote was an outstanding teacher who expected and brought out the best in her students. I had her for Latin 1970-1972. Celeste Williams
Miss Cote was my World History teacher in 1983 and 1984. I went on to be her TA for for a year after that. Yes she was strict but she was one of the best teachers I ever had. She continued to work with young kids by reading to the preschools. She will be missed!
Miss Cote was my history teacher in '69/'70 at PSHS; she was a strict but fair teacher who put her lifes work into the kids at PSHS. It was our honor when she attended our 40th PSHS reunion last May, and proved herself once again to be witty, charming and gracious. RIP Miss Cote!!
Letha and I maintained a close friendship
all the years we taught at Palm Springs
High School. That friendship continued by means of lengthy telephone conversations from our home in Hagerman, Idaho. What may not be known about Letha is her great love of poetry. Sonja and I will miss her.
Grant and Sonja Uptain.
I am sincerely sorry Letha has passed... I visited her in her Palm Springs home when I was able. She was always one of my Mother's favorite cousins (Martha). Please accept OUR most heartfelt condolences.... Letha remains an inspiration. She was a terrific woman and pioneer.
"Mike"(Martha) and Linda Beth