Doris M. Cook


Doris M. Cook, 89, of LaFontaine, formerly of Sweetser, died at 9:25 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2016, at Rolling Meadows Health Care Center in LaFontaine. She was born September 21, 1926, in Columbus, Indiana, to the late Orval and Pauline (Fox) Horning. On December 28, 1947, Doris married Lloyd C. Cook and they shared 60 years together until his death on December 15, 2008.

Teaching children was Doris’ passion. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from Ball State University to prepare for her teaching career at both Sweetser and Swayzee elementary schools. She held memberships with the Eastern Star, Current Opinion Club, Sweetser United Methodist Church and its Women’s Club, Sweetser Quilters and Good Sams Camping Club. She was also involved with the 1812 Reenactment.

Doris loved quilting as her artistic outlet and all of her work was hand sewn. She played an integral role in saving and rescuing the Quilters Hall of Fame. She also enjoyed gardening, history, music and, most of all, her love of the arts.

Survivors include children, Dr. Lloyd O. Cook of Evans, Georgia, Lana M. (Paul) Kruse of Lebanon and Douglas A. (Denise) Cook of Lansing, Kansas; and grandchildren, Elise Baker, Alex (Michelle Birt) Kruse, Rachel (Brandon) Tate and Heather K. Cook.

In addition to her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah E. Baker, and sisters, Mary Louise Stark and Helen Hoskins.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Rybolt Chapel, 314 N. Washington St., Swayzee, IN 46986.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, at the funeral home, with Pastor Zachary Manton officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Sweetser.

The family’s preferred memorial is Sweetser UMC, 413 N. Main St., Sweetser, IN 46987.

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