Norma Jeane (Baldwin) Cook
|Posted 2021-07-23 by mhenderson|
|Published by The Arizona Republic on Jul. 23, 2021 -|
Phoenix, Arizona -
Norma Jeane Cook passed peacefully at Peppi's House Hospice in Tucson,
Arizona on the morning of July 6, 2021.
Jeane was born on June 21, 1928 in McPherson, Kansas of the union of
Lelland Marion Baldwin and Maudie Fern McConkey. Growing up, she
played the trumpet and loved roller skating and tennis. Jeane
graduated from Thornville High School in Thornville, Ohio in 1946 and
received her B.A. in 1950 from McPherson College, a liberal arts
college in McPherson, Kansas affiliated with the Church of the
Brethren, in which her father was a minister. In 1967, she received
her M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. As a teacher at
Tempe High School during the 1960s, Jeane became a reading specialist
and developed a speed-reading program. After retiring, she taught
Bible classes in churches, womens' study groups and, most recently, at
Broadway Proper Senior Living in Tucson.
In September 1951, while teaching at Mulvane Public School, Jeane went
on a blind date—to a high school football game—where she met Phil
Alexander Cook. They married June 1, 1952 in Morrill, Kansas in a
ceremony presided by her father. Their marriage lasted 60 years.
Jeane & Phil spent summers traveling the country with their 3 children
and a travel trailer hooked to their station wagon. Later, as a
couple, they remained active, avid travelers. After 50 years in Tempe,
Arizona, Jeane moved to Tucson after Phil died in June 2012 at age 91.
Even this year, she walked every day for exercise. And for many years,
she sent handmade greeting cards to family and friends for all kinds
Jeane was preceded in death by her parents, Lelland and Maudie
Baldwin, her brother, Donald Leroy Baldwin, and her beloved husband,
Phil Cook. She is survived by her three children, Philip Cook, Jolene
Elliott and Janet Dutton; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren;
and many other relatives and friends.
All family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at
2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Pantano Christian Church, 1755
S. Houghton Rd., Tucson, AZ. The Celebration can be viewed online,
live-streamed at https://mypantano.online.church/ In lieu of flowers,
the family requests donations be given in Jeane's name to Samaritan's
Purse, one of her favorite charities: https://samaritanspurse.org/
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