Cora Whitin Truslow - age: 101
(March 03, 1914 to August 24, 2015
A memorial service will be held at the First Parish Congregational Church UCC, 12 Beach Street, Saco, ME on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1:00pm with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Nielsen presiding. A private burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Whitinsville, MA. Arrangements are being made by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco.
Memorial gifts may be made in honor of Jacob Truslow for Special Olympics of Maine Equestrian Program, 125 John Roberts Road #5, South Portland, ME 04106.
Cora Whitin Truslow, 101, also known as Coke died on August 24, 2015 at Maine Medical Center with her family by her side. Coke was born on March 3, 1914 at her home in Northbridge, MA, the daughter of Paul and Rebecca Carter Whitin. She attended the Bancroft School in Worcester, MA and she “finished” at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT in 1931.
In 1932, Coke had her debutante party at Beaumont and was married at Beaumont on November 5, 1937 to Henry Truslow, Jr. of Summit, NJ. Henry was deceased on March 26, 1991. He had been in the textile business for 56 years before his retirement in 1976 as Vice President of the Westpoint Pepperell Manufacturing Company. During their 54 years of marriage, Coke and Henry created homes with their five children in Saco, ME; Fall River, MA; Westport, MA; Taftville, CT; and again in Saco. The family also summered for many years in Westport Harbor, MA. At the time of her death, Coke’s home was at Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine where she has resided since it began in August 2001.
Coke was a former member of the Junior League in Worcester, MA; Fall River, MA and Portland, ME. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Maine. For over thirty years, she was a member of the Francena Club on the Simpson Road in Saco.
While living at Pequawket Farm, her Saco home, she raised chickens and sold her eggs on an egg route which she so enjoyed. She also had a sheep and she knit many sweaters from her sheep’s wool. In addition to knitting, she created beautiful needlework canvases. She won many prizes in needlepoint shows for her art work.
Coke dedicated her life to her family. After raising her own five children, she helped raise many grandchildren. In addition to her family and extended family, she enjoyed her friends, her community, needle pointing, knitting, crossword puzzles, convertibles, riding her red bike, being outdoors and sports, especially tennis and baseball. She was a loyal Red Sox fan for over sixty years and was loved for her happy spirit and kindness to everyone.
Coke was predeceased by her husband and daughter Nancy T. Lundgren of Dover, MA who died of cancer on October 16, 2000 and her son-in-law Charles D. McKee who died in December 2014.
She is survived by her children: Henry A. Truslow III and his wife LaVina of Sunbury, PA, Nina T. McKee of Spring Island, SC and Scarborough, ME, Richard J. Lundgren of Boston, MA; Barbara J. Kidder and her husband John of Saco, ME; and Peter K. Truslow and his wife Kathy of Saco, ME. Coke also leaves 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks all of the wonderful caregivers at Piper Shores and especially Jane Letson, for the consistent support, dedication and friendship so kindly to Coke. Coke’s cheery spirit, love, integrity and humility will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.