WASHINGTON - E. Louise Cole, 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family, Sunday, March 29th, 2015, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Born May 29, 1923, in Rockland, she was the daughter of Leon O. and Myrtle A. Pendleton Callahan. She started school in Long Cove and later attended Rockland schools.
Louise had a varied working career, but most enjoyed her time as a waitress at the Rockland Hotel and teaching sewing classes at the Singer Sewing Center in Rockland. She had a home based Dressmaking business for many years.
After moving to Nantucket in the '60's, she owned and operated the Dolphin Guest House for 15 years, and returned to Maine in 1980. She and husband, Millard, also lived in East Machias, but resided in Washington, Me. for the past ten years.
A self-taught seamstress, she loved to sew, knit and do crafts of all types She never needed a pattern. If she saw it, she could make it. She enjoyed quilting and making keepsakes for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, making the best (and biggest) donuts, and often took pies and cakes to friends and family, as well as treating them to her renown fudge.
She was a lover of all flowers and gardening, but roses and lilacs were her favorites. She enjoyed taking visitors on a tour of her gardens and waiting for her blooms in spring and summer brought her great joy.
Louise had a caring and giving heart, and was incredibly devoted to her family and friends.
Loved and sorely missed by her family, Louise is survived by her husband, Millard of Washington; her children, Mary Lou Rumbarger and husband, Gene of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, Alice Wallace and husband, Raymond of Owls Head, Millard 'Randy' Cole, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Mt. Holly, NC, Zelma Williams and her husband, David of Washington; 10 grandchildren, Barbara Thompson, Karen Thompson (deceased), Peter Wallace, Mark Wallace, Lauri Wallace-Scott, Timothy Wallace, Millard R. Cole, III, Manetta Cole Treat, Tamar Cole Robinson, Melanie Leo-Daigle; 14 great-grandchildren, Aislyn Jenkins, Patrick, Alexander and Benjamin Wallace, Jared and Emily Scott, Alan, Mackenzie and Brenner Cole, Ashlin, Julia, Leah, Maelin and Naomi Jo Treat; and two great-great-grandchildren, Teagan and Kylie Jenkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Louise was the 6th of 7 children and was pre-deceased by brothers, Sheridan, Richard, Clyde, Malcolm; and sister, Evelyn. She is survived by her sister, Mary Rose of East Hampton, CT.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2015, at Fairview Cemetery, Warren. Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be made to Gary's House, 97 State Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
To share a memory or story with Louise's family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.