Patricia K. “Patsy” Cotte’

Patricia “Patsy” Kaye Cotte’, 78, died on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, KS.

Her funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS: Rosary-9am; funeral mass-10:30am.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, and daughters, Lara Cotte’ of Madison, KS and husband Ramsey Belt, Sarah Williamson of Lawrence, KS and husband Josh, son-in-law, Bruce Hoisington, and her seven grandchildren, Dani, Derek, and Ethan Hoisington of Olathe, Lucie and Olive Celte’ of Madison, and Ella and Jack Williamson of Lawrence.

Patsy was born on December 13, 1940 in Long Beach, California to Frank and Kitty Funck. She had a wonderful, idyllic childhood in Southern California, spending her summers at the beach and socializing at the library with friends. She graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in English from Long Beach State University in 1962. She met and married Tom soon after. They raised three daughters and moved to Emporia, Kansas from California in 1975, where Kitty and Frank were originally from.

She was not only a consummate wife, homemaker and a mother, but a friend to all she met. She loved organizing, throwing parties, sewing, cooking delicious apple pies and taking her children to the park. The family enjoyed camping trips and numerous travels throughout the US in their camper. She earned her Masters of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December of 1990.

In the last two decades, Patsy dedicated a lot of her time to her grandchildren, taking them to museums, parks, going to their games and taking them for treats. She was considerate and warm. She was dedicated to making others happy through her special gift baskets, a text message filled with emojis, or a thoughtful greeting card to those she cared about. She loved reading books about history and mysteries and researching anything and everything on the internet. Patsy was known for her love of all things red, being organized and tending to her flower garden. She was one of the most thoughtful and devoted individuals, and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her.

She is predeceased in death by her daughter, Lisa Hoisington, parents, Catherine “Kitty” and Francis “Frank” Funck, granddaughter, Ruby Celte’ and granddaughter, Alexandra “Lexi” Hoisington.

Donations in memory of Patsy may be made to the children’s department at the Lawrence Public Library, where she liked to take Jack and Ella to story hour with Miss Linda on Thursday evenings.

Lawrence Public Library Foundation
707 Vermont St
Lawrence, KS 66044

Messages & Condolences

From Warren and Linda Wood...

Tom and family,
Warren and I are so sorry to hear of Patsy’s death. The obituary paints a perfect picture of her. The world is diminished by her passing. We pray for the repose of her beautiful soul and for God’s comfort to each of you as you rejoice in your loving memories of Patsy.
Sincerely,

From Paula Hurt...

Tom, Laura, Sarah and family, Words cannot begin to describe how sorry I am to hear of Patsy’s passing. Her kindness and generosity of spirit and deed will never be forgotten. She was truly a bright light. My thoughts are with you all.

From Carol Lester...

Yes, Patsy was a wonderful human being. She was so caring and loving and fun. She will be missed by so many of us.
She was a very special cousin to us.

From Gae Williams...

Patsy was a special lady. Loved when she graciously entertained our book club. Her kitchen was so cute, and her cinnamon rolls were a treat to remember. It was clear that she loved life. My sympathy to her family!!

From Purviz Birdie...

Dear Sarah, I am so saddened to read of your mom Patsy’s passing. She was such a happy, caring and devoted grandmother to Ella and Jack. May she rest in heavenly peace. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Hugs to the children.

From Sue McKinney...

Tom and Family,
I am so sorry to hear this news. I know you miss Patsy terribly. She still maintains her place as a Rural Street legend here and we miss the wonderful flowers and shrubs as well as her cheerful greetings and many kindnesses. Please know you remain in her love and in the thoughts and prayers of many Emporia’s.

From Jim & Marilyn Krueger...

We are so sad to hear of Patsy’s death and our prayers & thoughts go especially to Tom & Sarah. We have some lovely memories of Patsy- so full of life!
She was so thoughtful. Tom & Sarah- our love.

From Beth Markowitz...

This write-up of Patsy is perfect! The world is a kinder place because Patsy lived. She lived and loved fully. Kisses, hugs and peace.

From Robert Gergick...

Tom” I,m so sorry to hear of Patsy,s passing; I have fond memories
of the time I stayed with Kitty and Frank in Long Beach. Be it known
our prayers are with you in this time. (Cousin Bobby)

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