Miranda S. Cousins

Jan 15, 2020
Miranda Cousins

Washington — Miranda Sue Cousins, 39, after a long battle with pain and mental anguish, decided to end her life Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at her home in Washington.

Miranda was born in Rockport to Ronald and Mary Ellen (Keller) Cousins Aug. 24, 1980.

She grew up in Union, where she attended school and graduated from Medomak Valley High School in 1999. She would later pursue a career in IT Tech and took classes at the University of Maine Augusta.

During her youth, Miranda spent much of her time on the farm to indulge in her love of animals. She had a special place in her heart for horses and dogs. She loved animals with spirit. Miranda enjoyed riding horses and took lessons for several years. She really liked the challenge of a horse that couldn't be -- or -- hadn't been ridden yet.

When she was younger, Miranda was also a member of the Warren Baptist Church.

"Deedle" as she was affectionately known by her nephews Tyler, Jason, and Benjamin Pearse, spent many hours playing, babysitting and generally spoiling them.

During her years after high school, Miranda had a variety of jobs ranging from stern-person on a lobster boat, cable T.V. installer in North Carolina, call center operator, and her most loved job was working with the developmentally challenged residents of Coastal Opportunities in Rockland, where she most recently supervised two of the residential homes. Miranda cherished this type of employment as she found it very rewarding to be of service to others.

One of Miranda's best attributes was her take charge and get-it-done attitude. She was known for her unwavering determination and willingness to work hard. She liked to say she had "Grit!" She always got the job done.

Miranda was just as likely to be seen wielding a chainsaw, cutting firewood or brush as she was to be baking some of the most decadent cheesecakes you had ever tasted. She could do it all. She was also a volunteer firefighter for the Owls Head Fire Dept. for quite some time. Miranda had many interests from riding her motorcycle, to attending the shotgun and pistol shoots at the Beaver Lodge Rifle Range, to Kayaking. She was full of life.

At one time Miranda, was married to Tim Sternberg and they resided in Owls Head. Having outgrown the farm in Owls Head, she and her father took up residence at a larger farm in Washington, where she had room for all her pets and critters. Miranda was especially fond of Great Danes, which she bred and raised, keeping three of her own. Mini, Zellie, and Thunder will certainly miss her.

Her last years at the farm were shared with her loving boyfriend, Michael Ward of Waldoboro. Michael will continue to take care of the farm and her pets in her absence.

Miranda is survived by her mother Mary Ellen Peabody of Warren; her father Ronald Cousins of Thomaston; her brother Christopher Cousins of Camden; her sister Katherine Strout and her husband, Paul, of Warren, her nephews Tyler, Jason and Benjamin Pearse and their father, Eric Pearse, of Hope. Miranda also leaves behind a large extended family on her mother's side, most of whom reside in Arkansas.

Friends and relatives are invited to join in an informal remembrance of Miranda's life Saturday Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Warren Baptist Church fellowship hall, 166 Main Street, Warren.

A graveside service will take place in the spring.

To share a memory or condolence with Miranda’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com

Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard Becker | Jan 19, 2020 06:43

To Miranda's family and the friends that knew her better than I did: my heartfelt sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss. Miranda and I went to school together from at least third grade right on through our graduation from Medomak Valley in 1999. We weren't especially close---but we rode the bus together for years... I remember when we reconnected on Facebook, circa 2010, she sent me a personal message saying that she was so excited that I sent her a friend request and that she couldn't wait to catch up. That little message has meant so much to me over the years. I enjoyed seeing the photos that she posted to Facebook of her Great Danes. I wish I had known she was struggling...


Like the others here have said, if you're in pain, know that it gets better. Hold on. And that people care about you. Be brave---and reach out, give other people a chance to listen.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 17, 2020 04:37

Dr. Brouwer said, "If you have something to say to your loved ones you need to say it. You are too far gone and have about five minutes to live."  That was 54 years ago. The grace of God brought me through and left me with a heart for fellow strugglers.  Maybe this families openness will prevent another and make us more open to share a kind word or a smile to those placed in our path.  Joanna is right: "Reassure them they are not alone."   Thankful to live in a community that offers HOPE in so many different ways. The thing is that when we are thinking that way it may never enter our mind.

Posted by: Carleton Ingerson | Jan 17, 2020 01:19

This hits close to home.  I lost my son a year and a half ago to suicide. My prayers go out to the family and close friends.

Posted by: johanna stadler | Jan 15, 2020 21:39

I want to thank this young ladies family for having the compassion and courage to share her true cause of death.  I  effected by a suicide 27 yrs ago.  It hurts everyday.  I urge her friends and family to openly share their feelings around her death.  If you are reading this and are suicidal, please know I care, other people care.  You have no idea the people you impact.  please seek help.. your story is not over yet.  It does get better.  I survived my own 3 attempts to take my life.  I am here to tell you it DOES get better... you can make it so.   If you know someone who is suicidal please reach out and offer them your hand.  Offer to go with them for help. Reassure them they are not alone.  The National Suicide Hotline Number is 1-800-273-8255.  It is available 24/7/365     ; ; ;

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