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Myrtle Peabody Cote

March 4, 1922 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 101) 101 Years Old

Myrtle Cote Obituary

Newport, NH: Myrtle Peabody Cote, a lifelong resident of Newport, died peacefully on December 30, 2023 at Woodlawn Care Center. She was 101 years old.

She was born on March 4, 1922 in Newport, the daughter of Ralph C. and Ethel (Seavey) Peabody.

Myrtle attended school in Newport and was a graduate of Towle High School. She entered the nursing program at Memorial Hospital in Nashua where she would study to become a registered nurse. She always remembered how, at nineteen years old, the work she was about to do suddenly took on solemn significance as she heard, along with the other young students in the car with her, the announcement over the radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed.

She worked at both hospitals in Newport and held various nursing positions within the area. She also explored being a traveling nurse and worked in the Midwest, but decided that Newport was what she liked best. Much later, when in town on errands with her daughter-in-law, she would point out the beautiful Claggett home next to the post office and share her remembrance of working for Dr. Claggett at his office there.

Myrtle married her soulmate Roland J. “Mac” Cote in 1956 in Claremont. They had one son, Robert, and made their home in Newport.

She loved cooking and spending time with friends in her exercise group and at church. With her husband and son, she was for many years a member of the Episcopal Church in Newport. She herself grew up attending South Congregational Church. When she and a childhood friend were happily reunited sometime in her eighties, the two ladies could be seen for many years afterward sitting together each week in South Church once again.

Survivors include her son Robert G. Cote and his wife, Shoshana (Stern) Cote, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, nieces, a nephew, and their families. She will also be missed by close family friends from New York who “adopted” her many years ago.

She was predeceased by her husband Roland J. “Mac” Cote in 1989; by her sisters, Helen Peabody, Mary Warren of Wilder, VT and Margaret Riley of Concord, NH; and by her brothers, Fred Peabody of Windsor, VT, Horatio “Buster” Peabody of Claremont, NH and George “Bicket” Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to David's House, 461 Mt. Support Rd., Lebanon, NH 03766 or the Springfield, Vermont Humane Society,

A Memorial Service will be held at South Congregational Church at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 20. 2024 with a light reception to follow.

A private burial will take place in the spring.

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Memorial Service
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
South Congregational Church in Newport

January 20, 2024

11:45 AM
South Congregational Church in Newport


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