Alice E. Cook

PORTLAND — Alice Elizabeth (Maxfield) Cook, 97, of Portland, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at the Birchwood at Canco.

She was the wife of the late Donald W. Cook, who died on July 8, 1977.

Alice was born in Valdosda, Ga., on July 7, 1913, the only daughter of the late Clifford Dole and Tommie Maude (Bartley) Maxfield. By the age of six, her family had moved to Portland were she attended school, including Deering High School.

She and her husband founded Allied Construction in 1958, a company that is still growing to this day. Alice is a former member of the Woodford’s Club Woman’s Auxiliary, the Stroudwater Baptist Church Woman’s Guild and the Portland Country Club.

Alice enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables. She also loved going out to dinner and her animals. She also spent many years wintering in Sarasota, Fla. on Siesta Key.

Alice is survived by her five children, A. Elaine (Cook) Sylvester of Madbury, N.H., Joanne (Cook) Soule of Portland, Donald W. Cook Jr. of Buxton, Richard T. Cook also of Buxton and David H. Cook of Sebago; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice was also the sister of the late Clifford Horatio Maxfield.

Visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Interment followed in Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough. Please visit for additional information and to sign Alice’s guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to: Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, Maine 04102 or Animal Refuge League, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04092.

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