- Mildred B. Cote, known to most as "Millie", passed away peacefully in the company of her loving son and daughter, December 17, 2016. Millie was born in Stillwater, October 15, 1926, the daughter of Clyde N. and Margaret B. (Boyle) Corning.
Millie was 17 years old when she first went to work for W.T. Grant in Portland, where she worked in the home goods section of the department store. She held a position in many different areas of the store, and had transfers to many of the other branches across the state, and in all, spent thirty-five years with the company. Millie and her husband, Clement, also provided childcare over the years, and had a huge impact on the lives of all of the children they cared for. "Meme" and "Clem", as the children called them, loved each and every child that passed through their lives, many of whom recalled fond memories of their time spent at the Cote House long into their later years.
Millie was an introvert, yet somehow managed to be quietly endearing to all who met her. Though a homebody for much of her life, Millie pleasantly surprised her children with a sense of adventure that they had not known she possessed until her later years. She followed her children all over the world; to visit her son in Istanbul, a trip to see her daughter via crop-duster in Yuma; and to London, among others. Millie had a love for apple and blueberry-picking, which was probably fueled by her love of baking. Her children never had to taste store-bought bread, because Millie preferred to bake all her bread by hand. The fudge she made at Christmastime was infamous, and each year she would rotate a list of twenty recipients who would receive a tin. Although this was a disappointment to those who were "off the rotation", they could always hope for next year.
Millie was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Clement E. Cote; her father, Clyde; and the significant loss of her dear mother, Margaret. She is survived by two children who adored her to the end, son, Wayne Joseph Cote of Boston, MA and London, England; and daughter, Donna Frye and her husband, James of Holden, and their daughter, Jennifer Mahoney and her husband, Donald, also of Holden.
At Millie's wishes, a private interment will be held in the spring at St. Joseph's Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her loving husband. Those who wish to remember Millie in a special way are encouraged to give gifts in her memory to the Activities Department of Orono Commons, 117 Bennoch Road, Orono, ME 04473; or to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, P.O. Box 565, Orono, ME 04473-0565.