Saco - Joan Ellen (Manter) Couture, passed on Feb. 21, 2021 at Southern Maine Healthcare, Biddeford, Maine.\r\n\r\nShe was born on May 4, 1937 in Lewiston, Maine. She grew up on a farm in Wayne, Maine with her parents, Herman S. and Evelyn M. (Robbins) Manter, and she worked very hard to provide for their family.\r\n\r\nShe graduated from Winthrop High School in June 1955. She was quoted in her yearbook, "You have shown yourself to be helpful to both the teachers and your classmates."\r\n\r\nShe married her best friend and love of her life, Wilfred A. Couture on August 1, 1959 in Waterville, Maine.\r\n\r\nShe was a very dedicated and professional insurance clerk for several different companies. She took many insurance courses. Some of her hobbies were reading, baking brownies, making apple pies, knitting and gardening! Her best friend was Carol L. Steele and together they went off with other girl friends for weekend getaways from their kids and husbands!\r\n\r\nShe loved being a wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother!\r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents, Herman S. Manter and Evelyn M. Robbins Manter; her sister, Marjorie Lovejoy; her great-grandson, Austin Blake; her BFF, Carol L. Steele; and many more friends and animals.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by a sister, Elizabeth P. Abbott and Linwood Abbott and family.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Wilfred A. Couture.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her daughter, Suzanne N. Owen and son-in-law Christopher G. Owen; her grandsons, William M. Gagnon and Andrew J. Gagnon and their wives Kristen Gagnon and Liz Gagnon; great-grand-daughters, Charlotte and Amelia Gagnon.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her daughter, Julie E. Gray and son-in-law, Walter Gray; her grandchildren, Nicholas Gray, Catherine Blake and her husband Allan Blake; and great-grandchildren Rylan, Gavin, Nolan.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by her son, Michael A. Couture and daughter-in-law Christine Couture; and grandsons, TJ and James Couture.\r\n\r\nServices are private. Burial will be in the Spring at St. Francis Cemetery, Waterville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home of South Portland. To view Joan's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWalker.com.