1940 - 2019
Charlotte McKee Cohen, lovingly referred to as “Mi Reina” by Arthur Cohen, M.D., her husband of 59 years and nine months, died on Feb. 6, 2019, at 78 years of age. She was surrounded by family, her dedicated caregivers and steady stream of friends who gave their much needed love, support and delicious meals during a very trying time.
Charlotte and Arthur, together since they were 17, raised their family, traveled the world and by example taught their children how to make love last – and how to keep it spicy.
Charlotte’s lifelong commitment to El Paso through her volunteer work and philanthropy left quite a legacy, including being one of four women who founded the El Paso Community Foundation, which has given almost $200 million to the El Paso community since its founding in 1977.
Charlotte is survived by Arthur, their three children, and six grandchildren: Scott (wife Lisa, Davis and Charlotte), Elizabeth (husband Michael, Eli and Will) and Catherine (husband Sam, Kristen and Lauren). Charlotte will soon be a great grandmother, with Kristen expecting in June. Charlotte is also survived by her brother, John McKee Jr., DVM, and his wife, Lyn; and her sister, Elizabeth Tatum.She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Woodward, and her parents, Nan and John. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Foundation Room on the first floor of the El Paso Community Foundation, 333 N. Oregon. Valet Parking will be provided directly in front of the entrance on Oregon Street.