This too shall pass…
"Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Lee Ester Coates was born to Otis and Victoria (Gibson) Stewart on May 28, 1948, the first of nine children, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized at an early age by Reverend N.C. Chinn. Lee was a beloved member of the New Freedom Baptist Church, where she sung in the choir and reveled in worshipping with her church family. She received her education in East Baton Rouge Parish and was a graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High School, Class of 1966. Lee later went on to study at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was a member of the very first graduating class of the Southern University Nursing program on May 13, 1988. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and later a Registered Nurse for the Louisiana Department of Corrections until her retirement.
To cherish her beloved memory, Lee Ester leaves behind her husband, Eugene Coates, one daughter, Jene’ Coates, one son Jeffery Coates, all of Baker, Louisiana; six grandchildren, Jada, Jasmin, Kyrin, Jaelyn, Jace, and Madison, all of Baker and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; five sisters, Joyce Rattle, Regina Cal ( Albert), Barbara Buchanan (Warren), Loris Cerf (Roland Sr.), and Judy Stewart, and two brothers, Khatib Shabazz aka Otis Stewart Jr., and Alvin Stewart ( Gurda), all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; three sister-in-laws, Dorothy Lee (Enoch), Ethel Coates Underwood, and Wilhelmina Lewis (George), and one brother-in-law, Eddie Coates (Ruthie), all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; one god-sister, Olinda Morris; three God Children, Derick Putman, Erica Putman, and Shinekita Hatfield, all of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; close friends, Joyce Taylor, Brenda Chin, Edna Curry, Patricia Jordan, and Flora Heatly, all of Baton Rouge, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Lee Ester Coates was preceded in death by her son, Marquis Coates; her parents, Otis and Victoria Stewart; her brother, James Stewart; three brothers-in-law, Frederick Coates, Jake Coates, and Ernest Rattle II; three sisters-in-law, Lirty Stokes, Cassie Collins, and Rose Brown; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
The family of Lee Ester Coates extends their heartfelt appreciation for the love, prayer, consideration and many acts of kindness demonstrated by Baton Rouge General Medical Center ICU, including but not limited to all of the physicians and nurses who took the time to properly care for our love one. We also wish to acknowledge her many friends, neighbors, and extended family members who took the time to reach out to us during this difficult time. We love, appreciate, and thank you. Please continue to lift us up in prayer and may god extol the wonder of his blessings upon each of you.
Special thanks to the wonderful individuals at Winnfield Funerals Home; we appreciate your care and professionalism.
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