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Winifred Elaine Loop Coulter Obituary
She lived a purpose-driven life of love, faith and devotion, a life she once described as "filled with hilarious escapades, cherished memories of tender moments, pride at extraordinary accomplishments and the ability to overcome sorrow during life's darkest moments." That vibrant, talented and creative mind, the woman who fiercely loved her family, would eventually become a victim of a cruel thief, and after years of struggle and confusion, is now blessedly free. Winifred Elaine Loop Coulter went home with her Lord on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, passing while in the tender care of the capable staff at Canterbury Court's Memory Care facility in Harlingen, Texas.

She was 83, born in August 1928 in Medford, Okla., the eldest of three children born to Herman and Cora Loop. Growing up on the farm in east Brownsville (Texas), she dreamed of an education, travel and the "kind, considerate, tall, dark and handsome" man who would be the love of her life. She met him in September 1947, and the next year, on her 20th birthday, she and Joseph B. Coulter began their 63-year journey as husband and wife, parents, community and civic leaders, and devoted members of Central Christian Church.

Elaine unselfishly gave of her time and considerable talents throughout her life. She served as church organist and choir member at Central Christian for many years. Her creative eye and design abilities added flair and flourish to Charro Days floats, cheerleader uniforms, Little League concession stands, Rotary International events, Pan American Round Table costumes and events, and countless precious family celebrations. She welcomed and cherished her four children and four grandchildren, and grieved mightily the loss of son Steven Patrick in 1950, brother Kenneth Loop in 1959, and granddaughter Lauren Michelle Coulter in 1985.

She worked in the Brownsville Independent School District for 20 years, beginning as a substitute teacher at Stell Junior High and eventually working in the district's administration building until her retirement in 1988. She loved her gardens and her adoring Cairn terriers. Her loyalties were fierce, holding dear any and all victories by the Texas Aggies. It was not unusual to find football scores taped to the door for anyone out late on a Saturday night who might have missed a game's broadcast.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Joseph Coulter; their four children, Nancy (Don) Lewis of Austin, Barbara (Paul) Goodman of Gulfport, Fla., Joseph "Pepper" (Jill) Coulter of Tampa, Fla., and John (Holly) Coulter of San Antonio; sister, Donna Ruth (Dale) Hill of Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren, Heather Coulter (Rudy) Jimenez of San Antonio, Kaitlin Coulter of Boston, PO3 Joseph B. "Trey" Coulter III of Pensacola, Fla., and Allen Coulter of San Antonio. Two precious great-grandchildren, Addyson and Coulter Jimenez, will sadly never know the compassionate woman who adored babies and who would have indulged their every wish with a tender heart and a warm smile.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 1100 Alton Gloor Blvd., in Brownsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children's Worship Center at Central Christian Church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garza Memorial Funeral Home, 1025 E. Jackson St., Brownsville, TX 78520. Phone (956) 542-5511.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Sept. 7, 2011
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