RACINE - Charlotte A. Cote', (nee: Nelson), 86, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on Saturday, July 3, 2010. Charlotte was born in Hooper, Neb., on a farm on March 24, 1924 to Carl H. and Mary Leonora (nee: Amos) Nelson. She grew up in various towns in Nebraska and moved to Racine in 1951. Charlotte married William J. Cote in Racine on October 1, 1952 he preceded her in death on May 12, 2005. Later in life (50's), she achieved her lifelong dream and received her Bachelor's degree from UWP and her Master's degree from UW- Milwaukee and went on to be an award-winning poet and an author of two historical books: 'Olympia Brown - The Battle for Equality' and a 150 year history of the Olympia Brown Church 1842 - 1992. Charlotte studied Russian for a year at UWP, prior to taking her first plane ride to tour Russia, Turkey and Sweden at the age of 60. She overcame a lifelong terror of water and learned to swim in her 50's. Charlotte was a long-time member of Olympia Brown Unitarian Universal Church of Racine. She worked at Massey-Harris Company in Racine; Qualheim Mfg., U.W.-Parkside and the Racine Environmental Committee. Survivors include her children, Joy Lynn (Rakesh) Boatwright- Popli, William Mark (Carol) Cote' both of Racine, and Denise Lenore (Ulf) Hansson of Pennington, N.J.; ten grandchildren, Ryan (Rachel) Cote' of Sutton, Alaska, Matthew (Christy) and Michael (Jami) Cote' of Racine, Anisha and Rohan Popli of Racine, Natasha, Tomas and Niklas Hansson of Pennington, N.J. and surviving children of James, Amelia and J. Oliver Cote' of Racine; great-grandchildren, Naomi, Natalie, Isabella and Jeremiah Cote' of Sutton, Alaska; two brothers, Carl H. Nelson and James A. Nelson of Erie, Pa.. Charlotte is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her son James Cote'. A memorial service for Charlotte will be held at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universal Church, 625 College Avenue on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at the church on Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services. Following the services relatives and friends may once again meet with the family for a continued time of fellowship. Interment will take place in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Olympia Brown Church or the American Cancer Society
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Published by Racine Journal Times on Jul. 11, 2010.