Gertrude Florence Cook died Jan. 14, 2010, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport. For the past several years, Gertrude has resided at the Knox Center for Long Term Care, fighting a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born May 25, 1925, in Port Clyde, she was the daughter of Earl and Elvie Cook Davis. She attended local schools and graduated from St. George High School in 1944. As a young woman, Gertrude worked at the sardine factory in Port Clyde.

On Dec. 14, 1947, she married Russell Simmons Cook in Port Clyde, where they lived for many years.

Gertrude was a member of the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church. Her family remembers she had a lovely singing voice and often sang with her father at church, camp meetings and local Advent Christian Conferences. More recently she enjoyed singing for the residents at the Knox Center.

Gertrude is survived by her son, Blaine Cook and his wife, Terry, of Union; three grandsons, Russell Cook and his wife, Sarah, of Gardiner, Blaine Cook Jr. and his wife, Kasey, of Warren and Zachariah Cook of Mound, Minn.; one granddaughter, Barbara Cook of Augusta; a sister, Juanita Morin and her husband, Ronald, of Grapeview, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Blaine III, Bryce and Blake Cook; as well as his nieces and nephews, Marshall Hupper and his wife, Karen, of Port Clyde, Randall Hupper and his wife, Tracey, and Alicia Covert and her husband, Steven, all of Belfair, Wash.

A graveside service will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, Port Clyde, ME 04855.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.

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