OBITUARY

Barbara Coto

January 30, 1933February 19, 2021
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Barbara “Bobbie” Coto, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, February 19, 2021. She was born on January 30, 1933, in LaFollette, TN. She will be remembered as a kind and generous person and missed by all those who lives she touched. Bobbie moved to Tampa in 1949 and met the love of her life, Davis Coto, while attending Jefferson High School. They married on June 16, 1950. Bobbie worked at GTE for many years and later attended the University of South Florida to earn a degree in teaching. She taught business classes at Hillsborough High School and also worked at McDonald Training Center. She always had a special place in her heart for children particularly those with special needs. Additionally, she was a member of the Eastern Star. Bobbie was preceded by her husband, Davis Coto, and her grandson, Charles “Trae” Young III. She is survived by two children: Sharon Young of Tampa and Holly Mooneyhan (Ron) of Wesley Chapel, two grandchildren, Jean-luc Eckstein (Jon) and Alysa Miller (Cameron) of Tampa; 5 great-grandchildren: Aiden Young and Belle Young of Jonesborough, TN; Shelby Young and Gregory Young of Harvest, AL; Reese Miller of Tampa; and her cousin Ann Johns of Lutz. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude

Services

27 February

Visitation

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories

4207 East Lake Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33610

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Frances Winn

February 24, 2021

I met my aunt Bobbie, Uncle Davis, and my cousins when I was 10 years old, around 1971. My father, Roy Coto, was so happy to send me on a plane from California to Florida to meet that side of the family that summer. From the time I stepped off the plane, I felt love from everyone. Bobbie made sure I had everything I needed every day and that I was comfortable being so far from home. She was kind all the time and was smart and funny. She told me stories about herself and about teaching and I remember feeling very included. I was a picky eater at 10 and I was worried about staying in a relatives home and their rules. It turned out I had nothing to worry about with Aunt Bobbie. She came out to California when I was a teenager and the feelings were all the same. Just happy to be around her because she carried joy all the time with her. Fast forward to 2016 and the election. We found ourselves very connected around politics. If you had asked me 30 years ago would I see myself interacting with Aunt Bobbie almost daily about politics, and our families, and sharing pictures and stickers and thumbs ups, I wouldn't have been able to believe it myself. I know it's the circle of life but I wasn't ready. I didn't get to say goodbye. I love you Aunt Bobbie, I know you are the angel with the smile on her face all the time making everybody feel comfortable.

Marie Pimperl

February 23, 2021

To the Coto Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Sincerely,
Marie Pimperl,
Director of First Impressions

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