Cora Belle Painter, 97, of Presque Isle, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.

Cora was born Dec. 30, 1921 in Shreveport, La., to the late Bert and Naomi (Reed) Oliver. She grew up on a produce farm in Oxford, Mich. Cora fell in love with Clarence Painter and on Oct. 14, 1940 the two were married. The two of them owned and operated a construction business out of Rochester, Mich., and eventually retired to Presque Isle where they built their home. Cora shared a love of gardening, canning, sewing, berry picking, fishing, and cooking with her family and friends. She loved the outdoors and hunting. Her best times were visits from friends and family, sharing the Christmas holiday with family, and spending her birthday getting a buffalo burger and beer with her amazing friends. Cora was also a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars Royal Oak chapter and the Grand Lake Sportsman Association. Cora lived a full life just three years shy of her 100-year goal. She will forever be remembered as “The Strongest Woman!”.

Cora is survived by her son Jack (Dawn) Painter, grandchildren; Daniel (Susan) Smith, Bonnie (Matt) Moran, Shonalee Painter Hughes, Selina Painter, Jerry Painter, Barbara Painter, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her son Clarence E., brother in-law Ray Painter, sister Edna Mae Kent, and four great-grandchildren.

Cora is at McWilliams Funeral Home where visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral rites accorded by the Order of the Eastern Star Alpena Chapter 341 at 1:30 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with Rev. Arnie Kirschner officiating. Memorial donations can be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Online condolences can be registered at mcwilliamsfh.com