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LINCOLN - Clara Ann (Archer) Cooke, 81, of Lincoln, died on December 5, 2014. Clara was born in Woodville, Maine, on July 15, 1933.

She graduated from Mattanawcook High School in 1950. Clara earned a bachelor's degree in early education from the University of Delaware. She was the first of her siblings to earn a college degree. Clara met and married her husband of 59 years, Clifton W. Cooke Jr., while working in the Army as a civilian during the Korean Conflict. Clara and Cliff had three children, Julia Rose, Joyce Marie and Clifton W. Cooke III. In Delaware, Clara taught kindergarten for many years. After retiring from teaching, Clara became an avid quilter and a crafter. For much of her adult life, Clara enjoying playing golf. In 1985 Clara and Cliff moved to her childhood home, Lincoln, Maine, where Clara was an active member of the Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary and the Pilgrim Daughters of the Lincoln Congregational Church.

Clara was predeceased by her husband, Clifton W. Cooke Jr.; parents, Frank P. Archer and Rose Wyman Archer Thornton; sister, Wynona Ryder; and brothers, Frank and Clifton Archer. She is survived by sisters, Shirley Converse of Connecticut and Brenna Thornton of Old Town, Maine; children, Julia R. Cooke Hofer (David), Joyce M. Cooke and Clifton W. Cooke III (Francis). Clara has three grandchildren, Andrea Suzanne Hofer Danby (Scott), Clifton Michael Cooke (Angie) and Lindsey Michele Cooke; and three great-grandchildren, F. Scott Jr. and Nicholas Cole Danby, and Clifton Michael Cooke Jr. Many nieces and nephews are also among the survivors.

Memorial services will be held in the spring. The family thanks the many family members, friends and hospice for their support, especially during the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar Street, Bangor, ME 04401. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 9, 2014
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