OBITUARY

Gertrude Putney Cole

July 15, 1921May 28, 2018
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Gertrude Putney Cole (lovingly known as Mema), was promoted to heaven on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Gertrude was born July 15, 1921 to Elwood and Evelyn Putney in Lynn, Massachusetts. She was a devoted member of First Assembly of God on Cumberland Ave in Portland, Maine since 1928. Gertrude was a member of the Dancing Grandmothers throughout the 1970’s where she performed in various venues throughout Jacksonville, Florida. Gertrude was also a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. She was given many awards throughout her time as a volunteer at the hospital.

Gertrude will be lovingly remembered by her children, Wayne (Brenda) Cole and David Cole; her grandchildren, Merrill Cole, Helen Gossett, David Cole Jr., Devon (Angie) Cole, Sarah (Jason) Mitchem, Aaron (Sarah) Cole, Minott Cole II, Leigh Ann (Joseph) Torre, Elizabeth (Tony) Domingo and Jessica Moynihan; her great grandchildren, Veronique Cole, Dakota Cole, Liam Gossett, Cassidy Cole-Tucker, Kennedy Cole, Preston Rennick, McKenna Cole, Annabelle Cole, Peyton Cole, Reagan Cole, Haley Torre, Ethan Torre, Logan Domingo, Gavin Moynihan and Casey Pickett; and her great-great grandchild, Rosalee Cole. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elwood and Evelyn Putney; her husband, Minott Cole; children, Vernon Cole and Beth Ann Cole; and her siblings, Elbert Putney, Vernon Putney, Phyllis Williams and Ruth Beecher.

The family will receive guests at a viewing on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207. A funeral service honoring Gertrude will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at Glad Tidings of Jacksonville, 6131 Terry Road Jacksonville, FL 32216. Interment will follow at Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home and Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gertrude may be sent to First Assembly of God on Cumberland Ave in Portland, Maine or Glad Tidings of Jacksonville.

Family Slideshow can be viewed through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgOnMPjOk2s&feature=youtu.be

  • FAMILY

  • Remembered by her children, Wayne (Brenda) Cole and David Cole;

    Her grandchildren, Merrill Cole, Helen Gossett, David Cole Jr., Devon (Angie) Cole, Sarah (Jason) Mitchem, Aaron (Sarah) Cole, Minott Cole II, Leigh Ann (Joseph) Torre, Elizabeth (Tony) Domingo and Jessica Moynihan;

    Great Grandchildren, Veronique Cole, Dakota Cole, Liam Gossett, Cassidy Cole-Tucker, Kennedy Cole, Preston Rennick, McKenna Cole, Annabelle Cole, Peyton Cole, Reagan Cole, Haley Torre, Ethan Torre, Logan Domingo, Gavin Moynihan and Casey Pickett;

    Great-great grandchild, Rosalee Cole.
  • DONATIONS

  • Glad Tidings of Jacksonville
  • First Assembly of God

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Gertrude Putney Cole

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Stephanie Mass

June 1, 2018

As her grand niece, I was close to Aunt Getrude, and I will miss her. At the same time, I know she's enjoying her reunions in heaven-- with her two children who passed away before her, her parents, her husbands (widowed twice), all of her siblings, nephews and many friends. Despite her age, Aunt Gertrude remained "sharper" and cleverer than most people one-third of her age, and I looked forward to my phone calls with her. Aunt Gertrude kept track of birthdays and anniversaries of even distant family members, as well as her church congregation from childhood, and she always made people feel remembered and special. She was the family organizer and historian. She had a great sense of humor and never missed Wheel of Fortune, solving all the puzzles.

After their husbands died, Aunt Gertrude and my grandma lived together at least part-time for about a decade, switching to full-time as my grandma developed dementia. Aunt Gertrude would bristle when people commented on her "taking care" of my grandma though, saying, "We both help each other in the ways we each need help." They were so close, and even when there was space to have separate bedrooms, they chose to sleep in the same room. Long after they turned out their light, I would hear them talking and giggling. I envied them that relationship-- that after 90 years on earth and spending nearly every moment together during my grandma's last few years, they still had lots to say to each other and were making each other laugh. And then in the middle of the night, they'd head downstairs for their 2 AM coffee and doughnuts before going back to bed for several more hours.

I will miss Aunt Gertrude, but I know I will see her again. I'm sure she's tap dancing in heaven and catching up with all of her loved ones.

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