Mary Cook

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mary Cook, 96, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Fort Scott Manor. She was born April 13, 1916, in Auxvase, Mo., the daughter of Scott Golden and Belva Shirkey Golden. Following high school, she obtained her two year teacher's degree from Pittsburg State Teachers College. She married Paul Asher Cook on Dec. 23, 1944. He preceded her in death on March 22, 1999.

She taught fifth and sixth grade for the Labette County School District for several years, as well as working as a farm wife. She served as Labette County 4-H Leader, and enjoyed raising dogs. She was a member of the Hammond United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Richard Cook and wife, Linda, Fort Scott; two daughters, Barbara Alloway and husband, Dean, Edna, Kan., and Susan Edwards and husband, Jim, Parsons, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Golden; and a sister, Mae Greer.

The Rev. Tim O'Neal will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., at the Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Hammond United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan.

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