FORT KENT – Lorraine Cote, 89, passed away Dec. 5, 2008, surrounded by family at Crosswinds, Fort Kent. She was born, with her twin, Irene, Sept. 24, 1919, in Caribou, the daughter of Henri and Louise (Damboise) Cote. After graduation from Cape Elizabeth High School, Lorraine trained as a licensed practical nurse at Winthrope (Mass.) Hospital and Salem (Mass.) Pediatric Hospital. She continued her nurse’s training, graduating as a registered nurse from Chelsea Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned a scholarship to pursue additional pediatric studies at Boston University. During World War II, she served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in New Guinea and the Philippines in the South West Pacific. In 1951 she began a long and many faceted career caring for others as a nurse in Fort Kent. She worked at People’s Benevolent Hospital, now Northern Maine Medical Center, from its inception as a staff nurse, a private duty nurse and in the hospital pharmacy. She served as health officer for the town of Fort Kent and as nurse consultant to the Fort Kent Head Start Program. She was the first director of nursing for Forest Hill Manor Nursing Home and was the first campus nurse at the University of Maine – Fort Kent. Young people and education played a large role in Lorraine’s life. In the early 1960s, she organized and ran a school for the disabled. She taught certified nurses’ aide courses and home nursing programs, and for two years taught Health Occupations at St. John Valley Vocational Education Program. After 25 years of nursing she returned to school to learn electrology. For the remainder of her career she split her time between nursing and her electrolysis business. Lorraine had been active in the American Red Cross, Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce, Fort Kent Historical Society and Fort Kent Golf Club. In retirement she continued her life’s work of caring for others as a volunteer with hospice care, Fort Kent Senior Citizens and Forest Hill Manor. Her faith and her church were the focus of her later years. At St. Louis Parish she participated in Cursillo and Ladies of St. Anne, was a eucharistic minister, served on the parish council and was a member of Little Franciscan Associates. She is survived by a brother, Arthur Cote of Oregon; many nieces, nephews and many dear, treasured friends. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Irene Dumond; a special stepbrother, Sol Cote; three sisters, Jeanette Bell, Albertine Carney and Gert Corriveau; seven stepbrothers, Albert, Joseph, Cyrias, Joseph, Celestin, Leon and Sylvio; and seven stepsisters, Mary Cote, Yvonne Damboise, Rose Dumais, Dora Bouchard, Alma Holmes, Dina Belanger and Evelyn Duthie. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daigle & Nadeau Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Soldier Pond. Committal services will be held in the spring at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Kent. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in Lorraine’s memory to Visiting Nurses of Aroostook, Hospice of Aroostook, P.O. Box 688, Caribou, ME 04736; Crosswinds Residential Care, 480 Ridgeview Ave., Madawaska, ME 04756 or to a charity of one’s choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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