Joanne Cook Soule

August 11, 1942November 14, 2012

Atlanta Georgia- Joanne Cook Soule, 70, of Portland, died unexpectedly on November 14, 2012 in Atlanta GA. The daughter of Donald W. and Alice E. (Maxfield) Cook, she was born on August 11, 1942. She graduated from Deering High School and attended Westbrook College.

She was a mother of four, a grandmother of twelve, a great grandmother to two, and best friend to her dog Matilda. She will be deeply missed. Joanne was a prominent businesswoman. She managed the family businesses until the day she died. After fighting breast cancer she opened a boutique called A Special Place. It catered directly to breast cancer patients to provide a private, comfortable setting to meet their needs while undergoing treatment. She volunteered her time at the Project Feed Food Pantry, was an avid gardener and a committed member of The Maine Rowdies.

Joanne’s greatest passion was her grandchildren. They range in age from 6 to 30. On any given weekend, for decades you could find Joanne spending quality time, playing, teaching, and creating memories that they will carry with them forever.

She was incredibly loyal to those she loved and was the foundation of her family. She taught her children the true meaning of family and unconditional love. Joanne’s strength will remain an inspiration to all who knew her. She showed the world what you can overcome when faced with adversity.

She is survived by her children; Travis P. Soule, William T. Soule and his wife Wendy, Morton H. Soule, and his wife Yvonne, Kristen J. Sturtevant and her husband Adam; her grandchildren Daniel, Kristy, William, Alexandra, Maraka, Morton, Nicholas, Isaiah, Travis, Madison, Hilton, Philip and great grandchildren Eddie and Dylan. She is also survived by four siblings; Elaine C. Sylvester, Donald W. Cook, Richard T. Cook and David H. Cook.

Family and Friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Monday November 19, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. There will be a funeral at the funeral home on Tuesday November 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

Donations can be made in Joanne’s memory to American Cancer Society, Maine Chapter 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086

Please visit for additional information and to sign Joanne’s guestbook.


  • Visiting Hours Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Kristina Fernald

November 21, 2012

I shared so many good times and good talks with Joanne - often at her home - in the late 1970's - early 1980's when I lived in Southern Maine, during some of the Maine Rowdies heydays, when our children were young - long before our grandmother days! I remember a warm, loving friend, with a huge, kind heart and wry sense of humor; a slim, lovely, strong woman who laughed often and was such a gracious hostess. Sadly and regrettably, I moved away and lost touch with this wonderful, amazing Woman, Mother, Grandmother, Businesswoman, Friend. She will always be in my heart - how blessed we all are to have had her in our lives - a special woman who gave so much of her marvelous spirit to so many. I send my warmest thoughts and condolences to her children, grandchildren and rest of family.

Cynthia McGarry

November 21, 2012

Dear Soule Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother....She was a beautiful women, my sister Gail loved her dearly....She spoke highly of her many times...I am in Fl. wish I could have been there for you her children...I am coming home in Dec..will call you Yvonne.. ...My Love and prayers to all of you...Cynthia McGarry

Ann MacMichael

November 19, 2012

Dear Cook/Soule family,
I am so saddened by this. I moved from Portland 30 years ago and have so often remembered Joanne. She was a one of a kind friend and I will always think of her as one of my all-time favorite women. She was the heart of the Rowdies. I admired her so much and am thankful to have known such a wonderful and generous person. I am so sorry.

Sue Barmore

November 19, 2012

Don, Elaine and family ~ I was so saddened to learn that Joanne had passed. She was an incredible woman with a terrific sense of humor. I will surely miss her presence. You are all in my thoughts at this difficult time

November 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Joanne was a very dear friend of mine when she and Phil were at Fryegurg Academy. We spent many a morning meeting for coffee so the boys could have play time. Travis and my Mark were pals. Mark was not always nice to Trav (don't know if he remembers this!) Keep the happy times alive-there must be lots of them.

Sandra True---Fryeburg

Lorri Sommer

November 19, 2012

Joanne was a wonderful neighbor! When she redesigned her yard, she added a bench for families to use when they waited for the school bus. So thoughtful. She also was my kids' first employer and we have remarked more than once that she was the best boss ever! We will miss her.

Lori O'Donnell

November 19, 2012

Dear Mort, Yvonne & Boys:

We are so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. We did not know her, but she sounds like a lovely person and her loveliness shines in you.

May it help you to know that you are in all our thoughts and prayers and may your memories bring you comfort.

Love Lori, David, Hayden & Anthony

Daryl Cook

November 19, 2012

Travis, Bill, Kristen, Mort
Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and remembering all of the fun times...

Eric Cook

November 19, 2012

Kristen, Mort, Travis and Bill... My thoughts are prayers are with you.

Kay Genovese

November 19, 2012

Joanne was my dearest friend for so many years. We used to say, when we had not talked for a long period of time, "when we talk it is like only yesterday and we were continuing that talk." We never lost each other. She was a dear, caring person and the best of the best as a mother!! My heart goes out to Kristen, Trav, Mort and Billy and their chidren.
Just remember the good times with your mom and grandmother. My matra , at times, when I feel sad (like this) is "eventually we will remember this person and celebrate the way she lived and not that she has died".