CUMBERLAND — Claudia Jean “Cookie” Lowell, 69, of Cumberland, died unexpectedly Aug. 2 in Standish, with her husband by her side.
Lowell was born July 11, 1946, in Portland, a daughter of Ann (Minkowsky) and Arthur Pratt. She grew up in Portland and graduated from Deering High School.
Lowell was initially employed at Healthtex, but with the arrival of her three children she established an in-home day care business. The work capitalized on the joy she found in life and her natural playfulness – a trait she also shared with her grandchildren. In later years, she worked for herself, providing janitorial services for customers in Cumberland, North Yarmouth and Portland.
Lowell enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, and was a member of the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Garden Club. An avid reader, she also looked forward to her monthly book club gatherings. She was a member of the Woodford Women’s Club and bowled with her team. In addition, she delighted in playing cards, spending summers at the family camp on Sebago Lake, and entertaining and cooking for people she loved.
Lowell was a longtime member of Cumberland Congregational Church.
She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother-in-law, Raymond Hill.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Richard L. Lowell, of Cumberland. She is also survived by her three children: Heidi Maliski, her husband, William, and their children, Amber, Kayla and Abby, of North Carolina; Todd Hanlon, his wife, Judy, and their children, Jackson and Pierce, of Pennsylvania; and Holly Lallemand, her husband, Jeff, and their children, Charlotte, Alex and Taylor, of Falmouth. In addition, she is survived by her three great-grandchildren, Landon, Victoria and Nola; her two stepchildren, Joyce Perrey, her husband, Tom, and their daughter, Hilary, of Westbrook, and Jeffrey Lowell, his wife, Kim, and their son, Michael, of Windham; her brother, Bruce Pratt and his wife, Maureen, of Pennsylvania; her sister, Judy Hill, of Scarborough; and a large extended family.
A gathering and celebration took place on Aug. 6 at Lindquist Funeral Home, in Yarmouth. A memorial service was held Aug. 7 at Cumberland Congregational Church, followed by burial at Moss Side Cemetery, in Cumberland.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Lowell’s memory to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Maine Affiliate, P.O. Box 602, Brewer, ME 04412, or to Standish Fire/EMS, 175 Northeast Road, Standish, ME 04084.