HARTLAND – Marolyn E. Cooper, died suddenly Thursday, March 2, 2012, at her home, just five days after her 86th birthday. She was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Winnipeg, Alberta, the daughter of Ashman and Evelyn E. (Stone) Ladd.

Marolyn was known for her positive outlook, ready smile and helping hand. She grew up in Mount Vernon and married Harold Cooper in 1943. Marolyn traveled to California to live during the war as Harold left for Germany in the Army. After the war they moved to Newcastle, where she raised six children. Marolyn worked at Ledges Inn, Wiscasset, for many years, managed Capital Caucus Restaurant, Augusta, and Carriage Inn, Pittsfield, and Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Guilford, for 20 years, making many lifelong friends – many of whom still called her “Mom.” Upon retiring Harold and Marolyn moved to Hartland in 1985. Harold passed in 1995 and Marolyn moved into town and cared for Donald Hollister. She was a wonderful cook and worked into her 80s cooking and cleaning for Millie and Fred Bachrack of Pittsfield. Marolyn cared greatly for Kandi Powell and Cheryl Vigue and their father, John Plummer, who brought great joy to her life. She will be sadly missed by all of her children.

She is survived by two daughters, Leisa Fine and Ken Lybrook of Solon and Sandra St. Pierre of Whitefield; four sons, Jerry and Tina Cooper of Industry, Alan and Elfie Cooper of Woolwich, Michael and Debbie Cooper of Rochester, N.H., and Christopher and Juanita Cooper of Moscow, Maine; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; niece, Lila and Carroll Ware of Skowhegan; and her faithful companion, Ken Samson of Guilford.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. March 17 at Grace Lynn Methodist Church, Hartland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to A Paw in the Door, 16 Winter St., Bath, ME 04530, a non-profit rescue organization for animals. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.