GARLAND and DOVER-FOXCROFT - Louise C. Ernest, 96, wife of the late Earle "Pete" W. Ernest, died Feb. 7, 2013, at Hibbard Nursing Home, Dover-Foxcroft. She was born April 4, 1916, in Wellington, daughter of Roy C. and Ada Alteen (Hatch) Foss.
Louise helped raise her four sisters after her mother's death. A very giving and kind woman, her kitchen was an unofficial town café, where she enjoyed cooking for friends and neighbors. She and her husband owned and operated the general store in Garland for 22 years. At the time of her death, she held the Boston Cane for the Town of Garland. She was a 50-year member of the Rebekah's, a 50-year member of the Grange, and a member of Garland Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She attended Garland Community Baptist Church and was active with the ladies auxiliary there. She was involved with starting a local Boy Scout Troop, and enjoyed bowling, card games - including cribbage and time spent at the Kingsbury Pond camp.
Louise is survived by two sisters, Norma E. Littlefield and husband, Blaine, of Burnham, and Ada Alteen Cobb of Dover-Foxcroft; brother-in-law, Paul Herrick of Dover-Foxcroft; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son, Earle Roy Ernest; two sisters, Myrtie Farrin and husband, Lyman, and Barbara Herrick; and brother-in-law, Glenwood Cobb.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Garland Community Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Young and Pastor Barry Buzzell officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Garland Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 76, Garland 04939; or Garland Fire Department, P.O. Box 29, Garland, ME 04939. Memories and condolence may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com