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COOKINGHAM - Joan Ellen Age 57, of 11 Gibbs Court, Waltham, MA, died Thursday, November 25, 2010. Joan was born August 25, 1953 in Kenmore, NY, the daughter of Margaret Cookingham and the late George Cookingham. She founded and operated a home service business in Waltham, MA with her life partner Jim McManus. They provided services to senior citizens who sought to stay in their homes. Joan was an avid supporter of the Concord, MA Minuteman Company for 20 years and annually supported local Multiple Sclerosis Walkathons. Survivors include: life partner Jim McManus of Waltham, MA, mother Margaret Cookingham of Clarence, NY, brother Robert (Arline) of Ontario, NY, sister Carol Cookingham (Gerald DiBello) of Westford, MA, brother-in-law David T. Bailey of East Lansing, MI, nieces Katherine Dugan, Sarah Hollis, Elizabeth Bailey and Jean Bailey. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Mary Cookingham, of East Lansing, MI. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Vinecroft Community, 5945 Vinecroft Drive, Clarence, NY with Father John Leising officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: the Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center, 31 Marshall St., Watertown, MA or the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 175 Highland Ave., Needham, MA.

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