Karla Mae Cook, 45, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Feb. 28, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born Sept. 13, 1968, in Pittsfield, Maine, and grew up in Troy, Maine. Karla was a 1987 graduate of Mount View High School in Thorndike, where she was a cheerleader, and participated in soccer and field hockey. She competed in a Miss Maine Pageant in 1988 in Portland, Maine, where she was awarded Miss Amity.
She moved to Florida more than 20 years ago to enjoy the sunshine and her love of warm weather. Karla was a waitress at Beyond the Sea in Englewood, Fla., she also worked on the Island of Boca Grande, Fla., for many years.
She enjoyed the beaches and most of all spending time with family and friends. She lived life to the fullest. She also was an avid football fan, and NASCAR fan. She loved dancing, singing, visiting the beach and boating with her friends.
Karla is survived by her mother, Donna Cook LaBranche; her sister, Lisa Cook Elkins, and her husband, Hank; her brothers, Joseph Cook, and special friend Danielle, and Jeremy Cook and his wife, Desiree; nieces and nephews, Aaron Elkins, Megan Elkins, Timothy Cook, Chelsey Cook and Kasey Knutson; and she is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Karla was predeceased by her grandparents, Robert and Corinne Cook; and a niece, Angelina Cook.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her mother Donna LaBranche at 306 Belfast Road, Knox, ME 04986, for a future college scholarship to be set up in her name at Mount View High School or to Project Phoenix in Englewood.