March 4, 1931 – April 29, 2021
Betsy Cooke, 90, passed away peacefully on April 29th 2021.
She was born on March 4th 1931 in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her parents were Clinton Miller of Sinking Springs, PA and Dorothy (Garber) Miller of Philadelphia.
Betsy received her high school education at George School in Newtown, PA and earned a BA in Business Administration at Cedar Crest College in Allentown. While there she met Jim Cooke, an engineering student at Lehigh University. Upon graduation they married on November 22nd 1953. Their marriage was a legendary partnership of love and friendship with endless shared interests. Betsy supported Jim with steadfast devotion. They shared both the gifts of home and the treasures of world-wide travel.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Allison B. Cooke of Milwaukee, WI, and Cynthia A. Cooke of Wilmington, NC. Sadly, a third daughter, Deborah M. Cooke, passed away February 17th 2009. She was the mother of Betsy’s granddaughter Jaime L. Grainger of Loveland, CO.
One of Betsy’s overriding life’s philosophies was “why can’t we all just love each other.” She treated everyone with the same love and respect. Everyone knew Betsy as selfless, down-to-earth, caring, and fun loving. She loved a big party!
Betsy fully loved all of the simple pleasures of life. Whether nurturing her family’s domestic life, or organizing events in the community, she loved people and sharing time together. She was passionate about playing the piano, bridge, and golf. Jim and Betsy loved sporting and cultural events.
Betsy also freely gave her time and talents to charities and many local and national organizations. She was involved with Christ Child Society, SBMA Art League, Friends of the Snite Museum, Indiana Women’s Bridge Group, The South Bend Country Club and the organizer of the Erskine women’s Nine Hole golfers league.
The funeral service will be at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Pastor Michelle Cobb and Jim’s nephew, Senior Pastor Will Senn from Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, CO. TBA
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Child Society or Evangel Heights United Methodist Church.
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