YARMOUTH — Colleen W. Cook, 86, formerly of Yarmouth, died Sept. 2.
She was born May 20, 1929, to Raymond and Theresa Wyman, of Small Point. Colleen graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1947, and then held various jobs in the area.
She married Albert E. Cook on April 25, 1948. They made one of their first homes in Yarmouth, where they raised eight children.
In 1988, the couple retired to West Point. They continued to enjoy gardening, woodworking, painting and crafting. Colleen ran a gift store, Country by the Sea, and enjoyed sharing her love of the ocean and home decor. Throughout her life, she also loved playing the piano, reading and writing.
Cook was known as a good friend who was ready to help others in their time of need. Bringing family together for celebrations was always important to her. Her faith in God impacted her life profoundly. She was a founding member of Faith Baptist Church of Cumberland. She also served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher and librarian for the Bible Baptist Church of Saco for many years, and recently was a dedicated member of the Small Point Baptist Church.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 62 years, Albert E. Cook Sr.; her sister, Maxine Wyman Torrey; her daughter, Theresa W. Beal; and her grandson, Matthew J. Cook.
She is survived by a son, Albert E. Cook Jr. and his wife, Charlotte, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey; and by six daughters: Christine Peterson and her husband, Tom, of Topsham; Constance Mott and her husband, Russell, of Yarmouth; Rochelle Petersen and her husband, Mark, of Falmouth; Phillis Burcham and her husband, Cary, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida; Andrea Noble and her husband, Renn, of Kennebunk; and Adrianne Denenberg and her husband, Lenny, of Abington, Massachusetts. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, other family members and friends.
A celebration of Cook’s life was held Sept. 8 at Small Point Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Coffin officiating. Graveside services followed at Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Small Point Baptist Church, 1754 Main St., Phippsburg, ME 04562.