Sister Beatrice Jeannette Cote - North Providence

Sister Beatrice Jeannette Cote - North Providence

Sister Beatrice Jeannette Cote (Marie de St. Gandoul), 98, Franciscan Missionary of Mary of Ein Karim Community, died April 22, 2013, at St Antoine’s Residence in North Smithfield.

She was born in Biddeford, Maine, Dec. 10, 1914, the daughter of the late Joseph and Alma (Bonneau) Cote. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sept. 14, 1934, in Quebec, Canada.

After pronouncing her first vows, she served as a “commissioner”–one of many sisters of her Institute who traveled the country selling the handiwork made in the workrooms to support missionary works.

Sister Beatrice was sent in mission to the Holy Land June 4, 1938, and made her final vows March 19, 1940, in Bethlehem. She was sacristan and in charge of hospitality for pilgrims as well as making altar bread for 15 convents and for the Basilica of the Nativity.

A gifted seamstress, she helped support her community’s works by making goods for sale, a ministry that she continues currently. She delighted in sending “sunshine cards” to more than 200 people who were ill and homebound.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Cote, and her sisters, Mary Jane Cookson and Pauline Smith from Biddeford, Maine; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. in the Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Chapel on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Arrangements are by Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home.