BROOKSVILLE – Millie P. Cooper died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, with her family by her side at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, after a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. Millie was born March 26, 1931, the daughter of Ivory M. and Grace (Gray) Peasley. Millie had a “zest for life” and always declared “I’m going just as fast and just as long as I can because when I go down it will be forever.” And when facing numerous surgeries she would say, “this too shall pass.” Millie held many jobs in her life; the greatest she declared was being a mom and “Nan.” Millie was a 63-year member of the grange, as well as a member of Hancock Pomona Grange No. 13. Her only sibling, Maynard predeceased her. Millie is survived by daughter, Becky and husband, Kenneth Rankin; her son, Nathan I. Cooper and wife, Susan MacNair; son, Thomas O. Cooper; five grandchildren, Brian Rankin, Jesse MacNair and his wife, Jamie Austin MacNair, Emma Cooper, Julia Cooper and Thomas Cooper Jr., whom was her devoted and selfless caregiver through the end of her life; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Rankin and Skylar MacNair; three sisters-in-law, Ruth Schillinger, Shirley Cooper and Helan Evans; and three cousins, Nydia Pinkham, Sheila Cox and Eugene Cox. Millie also left behind many wonderful lifelong friends, among them Brenda “Bam” Rankin, the most caring and best friend that anyone could ask for, there was no deeper bond; her adopted grandson, Jason Staples, whom she loved with all her heart, and his wife, Holly, Florene Black, her lifelong friend and grange traveling companion; and last but not least, Wade Dow, whom she loved and considered a son. All he did was greatly appreciated and Millie was never happier than when grandson, Thomas, joined Wade and friends, a talented group of musicians, who entertained people throughout Hancock County. Millie was their biggest “fan.” A potluck baked bean dinner will held noon April 20 at Halcyon Grange, Route 15, North Blue Hill, with memorial services held immediately after, and draping of the Grange Charter Fellowship, sharing of personal memories and music galore. Anyone wishing to celebrate Millie’s life is welcome. Burial will be at a later date by family at Evergreen Cemetery, Cape Rosier. Donations in Millie’s memory may be sent to Hancock Pomona Grange No. 13 Scholarship Fund, care of Ruth Clements, treasurer, 367 Bayview Road, Penobscot, ME 04476. Arrangements have been made under the direction of Crabiel – Riposta Funeral Home and Direct Cremation of Maine.