STILLWATER - Helen "Louise" Cota, 89, passed away peacefully Feb. 12, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 6, 1923, in Old Town, the daughter of Harry and Annie (McDougal) Perkins.
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Louise graduated from Old Town High School in 1940 and went on to graduate from Husson College. She worked for Metropolitan Life for 12 years and then began her most rewarding career, raising her three daughters. Later in life, she volunteered for the Children's Opportunity Center. Louise was a dearly loved lady of her community and was known to many as "Sis" and "Gram." There are many wonderful memories of times at camp on West Lake. She was an active member of Stillwater Federated Church for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making crafts for the church fairs and making pies for the bean suppers. She made the best whoopee pies and had her own secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Louise enjoyed shopping and finding a good bargain. She loved being outside and would often be found puttering in flower gardens. More than anything her family was her life. She dearly loved her entire family and it was very important to her to be part of their lives. She cared for many over the years, and touched the lives of all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Susan Young and husband, Gary, of Old Town, Julie Cota of Brewer and Amy Cota of Stillwater; a brother, Harry Perkins and wife, Eleanor, of Old Town; sisters-in-law, Zelma Perkins of Florida and Ellen Perkins of Old Town; grandchildren, Tracy LeClair and husband, Chris, of Milford and Chad Young and wife, Amanda, of Stillwater; great-grandchildren, Emily LeClair, Madeline LeClair and Isabel Young; lifelong friends, Ethel Harriman, June Stafford, Anna Thurston and Hilda Grindle, deceased; and many other dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Cota, in 1992; and two brothers, Leo and Fred Perkins. A sincere thank you to the nurses and certified nurse's aides who provided exceptional care through this challenging journey.
A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, after the service. Interment will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Gifts in her memory may be made to Westgate Manor Activity Fund, 750 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 16, 2013