Benton, Maine- Stella Katherine (Zimba) Brown, 94, passed away on August 9, 2016 at her home in Benton, Maine.\r\n\r\nStella was born in Waterville, Maine on November 12, 1921, the daughter of Lawrence and Joanne Zimba. She was raised in Oakland, Maine where she attended Milton Laforest Williams High School.\r\n\r\nAfter graduating from high school Stella went on to work as a spinner at the Cascade Woolen Mill in Oakland, Maine for many years until retiring to be at home to care for the family.\r\n\r\nStella enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, knitting, and crocheting. Her true passion was spending time with family and friends. Many of the activities she enjoyed were passed onto family and friends. Her granddaughter Amanda cherished many of these activities specifically being taught how to knit at the age of nine. Not only were Stella’s activities passed down but also her baked goods, as Amanda’s children referred to Stella as “The Cookie Queen.” \r\n\r\nStella was predeceased by her by her husband Arthur; her parents; five brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her son Arthur (Chip) Brown Jr. and his wife Sandy who Stella referred to as her daughter; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends who she loved to travel and shop with, Joan and Jim Crosby, Lila Watson and her late husband David, Trudy and Benny Crosby, and Pat Finnimore. Stella is also survived by Sandy’s sister Cheryl Van Wagner and her daughter Amanda McCaslin who Stella called her granddaughter. Cheryl spent a lot of time with Stella, going shopping, out to dinner, and when they did not go out, Cheryl would bring meals to Stella and visit for hours.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Stella’s memory to the Waterville Area Humane Society, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901. Stella often donated many hats, gloves, mittens, and scarfs to Central Maine Power’s mitten drive, the Waterville Area Humane Society, and the Salvation Army. \r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Stella’s family physician Dr. Robert Stevens, who provided excellent care and concern for her well-being, Dr. Andre Nadeau her chiropractor, and her cardiologist Dr. Kevin White.\r\n\r\nA graveside service will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville, Maine.