The Cook family invites all of "Grandma Florence's" family and friends to join them celebrating her life by doing her favorite things: sharing stories over a good cup of coffee (with sweets, of course) and reminiscing about great yard sell finds! Please join them at the Church of the Nazarene Reception Hall in Las Animas, Colorado from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022. We hope you can join them and share your favorite memories.
Florence Josephine (Murray) Cook was born November 2, 1932, in Brewer County, Oklahoma to Lawrence C. Murray and Ethel Maud (Wilson) Murray, who passed when Florence was 7 years old. Upon the death of her mother, she was raised by her maternal grandmother and uncle, George Wilson. Florence later reunited as an adult with her father and father’s second wife, Gladys Newingham Swink.
Florence went to school in Perryton, Texas. She attended Oklahoma Panhandle State College where she met her husband, Clem Cook. They were married on May 26, 1952, in Mountain Park, Oklahoma. They moved to Las Animas, Colorado, in 1955 where Clem started work at the VA Medical Center.
Florence was a homemaker. She loved children and always wanted more. She babysat almost every child in the town at one time or another for many, many years. Florence and Clem became foster parents in 1965 and fostered over 118 children that passed through the home. Florence’s favorite past time (other than caring for children) was going yard sale shopping, going for coffee with numerous friends, and attending Red Hat Meetings.
Florence is survived by her children, Michal (Sheryl) Cook of Pueblo, Carrie (David) Muniz of Pueblo, Connie (Darrell) Childers of Alamosa, David Thomas Cook of Pueblo, over 118 foster sons and daughters; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; siblings, Helen Harper, Vada Murray, Sam Murray, and Gery (Herman Jr.) Swink; many loving relatives, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clem Edward Cook; son, Mitchell Cook; grandson, Jeffrey; great grandson, Kingston; brothers, Estel Murray, Raymond Murray, Lawrence “Jim” Murray, and Joe Murray; sisters, Jerry Schibbelhut, Lavern Moore, Evelyn Zinn, Loretta Murray, Anna Brown, and Vonda Swink.
Florence passed away at Pikes Peak Hospice on March 28, 2022, at the age of 89.
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