COOPER – Alta Arlene Cousins, 80, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at Atlantic Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Calais. Alta was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Cooper, daughter of the late William and Josephine (Creamer) Leighton.
After graduating from Princeton High School, class of 1950, she worked at Ware Knitters and as a waitress until she married Royce Cousins Jan. 30, 1954, in Cooper. Alta, along with her husband, owned and operated their family farm and Cousins Greenhouse. She was a member of Meddybemps Christian Association, Cooper Grange, Washington County Extension, and served on the Cooper Planning Board as well as Cooper School Board. Alta enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, painting and especially quilting.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, Royce; three sisters, Alice Moores, Mildred Corbett and Evelyn Allen; and a brother, Ira Leighton. Surviving are her two sons, Michael Cousins and his wife, Teresa, of Cooper and Robert Cousins of Cooper; one granddaughter, Laura Cousins of Calais; brother-in-law, Charles Cousins of Princeton; two sisters-in-law, Thursa Sawyer of Charlotte and Vernice Young of Bar Harbor; a special niece, Grace Curtis of Pembroke; many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a celebration of her life will be held 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be after at West Ridge Cemetery, Cooper. Donations in Alta’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences and memories may be shared at