Carol Ruth Coté of Fallon, Nevada passed away at home on the morning of December 2, 2021. Carol was born May 14, 1930, in Pasadena, California to Helen Fulmer (Bowers) Sheldon and Allan David Sheldon. Carol married Jim O’Banion, they had two sons, the oldest, James Lance O’Banion preceded her in death. She is survived by Janice Smith (sister) of Yerington, Alan Sheldon (half-brother) of Yerington, (son) David Scott O’Banion (Josie) of Sparks, four stepchildren, Louanne Coté Hess (Steve) of Reno, Steven (Gigi) Coté, Louis (Marti) Coté, Thomas (Gloria) Coté, all of Carson City, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Carol was married to Lewis Joseph Coté for 40-plus years, Louis Passed away on March 28, 2022, two days short of his 97th birthday.
Carol did many things in her life including farming and raising rainbow trout in Smith Valley, Nevada. Carol and Louis purchased an old gas station in Pioche, Nevada because it was at one time a Ford dealership and had a large inventory of new/old stock Ford parts. She did photo restoration for the museum in Fallon and was involved with the Historical Society in Smith Valley. She spent years doing genealogy for the Sheldon-O’Banion and the Coté families and had a book published. She and Louis traveled many back roads in the United State, buying new/old stock Ford parts and hauling them back to Fallon for Louis’s restoration work on early V-8 Fords.
A graveside service will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Hwy 208, in Smith Valley, Nevada at 1 p.m., May 14, 2022. A reception will follow at “Rosie’s Place,” 2881 St. Route 208, Wellington, Nevada.