Barbara Cota

Barbara Cota (Elwell)

Tuesday, February 6th, 1940 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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Barbara Jean Cota, 80, a resident of South Stream Road in Pownal, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Born in Bennington on February 6, 1940, Barbara was the daughter of the late Rene Boutin and Lucy (Quinby) Elwell Boutin. She received her education in the Bennington schools and was a 1958 graduate of Bennington High School. Barbara attended Cortland State College in Cortland, NY, as a physical education major.

Barbara married William A. Cota in Bennington on April 7, 1961 at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. H. Glenn Payne officiating.

After staying home to raise her two children, Barbara entered the workforce, enjoying many years at Rite Aid and First Vermont Bank (TD Bank).

Barbara was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church where she contributed her time and energy to many initiatives and fundraising events. She served on the board of trustees and as physical education director for the Vacation Bible School. Barbara enjoyed painting with oils, gardening, and creating clothing and costumes for family and friends. She was a tireless and loving friend, wife, and mom.

Survivors include her husband, William A. Cota of Pownal; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and David Payne of Pownal; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Julie Cota of Orlando, FL; four grandchildren, Joshua and Rebekah Rosse of Boston, MA and Evan and Aidan Cota of Orlando, FL; two sisters, Emily Grover of Shaftsbury and Margaret (Maggie) Brundige of Bennington; two brothers, Trainor (Jake) Elwell, Jr. of Spokane Valley, WA and Gordon Elwell of Utica, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Barbara was predeceased by her father, Trenor Elwell, Sr.; two sisters, Rose Marie (Ty) Elwell and Patricia Elwell; and two brothers, Rene (Buster) Boutin, Jr. and Raymond (Fuzzy) Elwell.

There will be no services at this time. A celebration of Barbara’s life will take place in the summer of 2021.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions in Barbara J. Cota’s memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation, in honor of the caregivers in the Emergency Department who were thoughtful and compassionate in their care of Barbara and her family. Memorial contributions can be made through E.P. Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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Janet Lucy

Posted at 06:08pm
So sorry for your loss Cota family. Barbara was always a warm, kind and caring lady.

Joanne Harwood

Posted at 04:33pm
Our condolences to Bill and family.

John Winchester

Posted at 09:09am
Bill, Laura, Billy,
My condolences on your loss. I was shocked to see the obituary. I had run into Barb (and Bill) many times over the years; at the grocery store, at the Rec Center, and other random encounters. A pleasant conversation always ensued; Barb peppering me with questions about me and family, and sharing stories of yours. She always came off to me as kind, active and full of life, and that's how I will remember her.

JoAnn Myers

Posted at 08:46am
Dear Bill, Laura and Billy, So sorry to hear this, but so glad she got to pass away at home. She was such a nice lady. Glad to have known her. JoAnn Comar Myers


Posted at 11:36am

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