NORTH BELGRADE, ME--Barbara J. Cook age 91, of North Belgrade, Maine, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Glenridge Long Term Care Facility in Augusta, ME. \r\n \r\nBarbara was born April 28, 1928 in Oakland, Maine, daughter of Martin Luville and Florence (Lawlor) Cook. She grew up with her brother and sister among extended family on Horse Point in North Belgrade, Maine where she was a lifelong resident. \r\n \r\nBarbara attended Belgrade schools and later proudly earned her CNA. She worked for 20 years at Thayer Hospital in Waterville, Maine, retiring in 1990. While at Thayer, she made many friends and was well loved by her patients.\r\n\r\nShe enjoyed her home on Great Pond and was the proprietor of Cook’s beach for many years. Many folks still remember going there to swim and picnic. \r\n\r\nIn her younger years, Barbara enjoyed many outdoor activities – perch fishing, deer hunting, tapping trees, picking wild berries, horseback riding, snow shoeing, but most of all raising beagles and rabbit hunting. Tracker and Buddy were faithful companions. We are grateful that she shared these activities with her young cousins and nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nAfter retirement, Barbara enjoyed visiting with family and friends and sharing home cooked meals. She always insisted upon doing the dishes. She also spent hours reading and evenings playing Skip-Bo and cards with her dear friends Grace Wendell and Retha Libby.\r\n\r\nBarbara loved the Lord and attended North Belgrade Baptist Church for several years. She enjoyed the fellowship and looked forward to the monthly potluck luncheons. \r\nShe also attended the annual retired nurses’ luncheons and the potluck suppers at North Belgrade Community Center.\r\n\r\nWhen her health declined, Barbara made her home for three years with Clyde and Sylvia Webb of Manchester, Maine. She loved being a part of their lively family of grown children, grandchildren and dogs; going to the lake; and yes, home grown poached eggs and coffee every morning! She also enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels. She contributed to family life by peeling fruit and vegetables, folding laundry, reading to the young children and by her easy going and loving personality. We were blessed to have had that time with her.\r\n\r\nBarbara will be greatly missed by family and friends. Thanks to Ormond Stevens, whose devoted and faithful help with home and grounds made it possible for Barbara to stay in her own home for so many years.\r\n\r\nBarbara was predeceased by her brother, Jack Cook; her sister, Florence Carrell; brother- in- law, Edward Carrell, Sr.; nephew, Edward (Ted) Carrell Jr.; her aunt, Dorothy Cook; cousin, Laurel Wadleigh; cousin, David Wadleigh; and cousin, Joan Levens.\r\n\r\nSurvivors include her nephews, Jon Carrell of Winslow, Maine, Robert Carrell and his wife, Linda of Vassalboro, Maine; and niece, Cheryl Carrell of East Millinocket, Maine. Also, her beloved sister- in- law, Pat Cook of South Carolina; nephews, Brit Cook and his wife, Chris and family of Alaska, Brion Cook and his wife, Virginia and family of California; and niece, Lyn Newton and husband, Ken and family of South Carolina. Cousins include Judy and Roger Emmons of Belgrade, Maine, Sylvia and Clyde Webb of Manchester, Maine, Anita and Eugene Merrow of Belgrade, Maine, Cathy Dodge of Fairfield, Maine, and Ted Wadleigh of Belgrade, Maine. Also, cousins, Fred Levens and family of South Carolina, and Briton Lawlor Jr. and wife, Elaine and family of New York.\r\n\r\nSpecial thanks to the staff of Maine General Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care at Glenridge and Androscoggin Hospice Care for their compassionate care of Barbara and her family.