Issella L. Cook passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
She was raised in New Deal, Wheeler and on the farm south of Glasgow. She attended Borton County School for first grade and completed her education in the Glasgow Schools, graduating in May of 1955. One week after beginning her senior year, she began working part time at the First National Bank. She continued working for the bank until her retirement in 1999. She worked various departments and had thorough knowledge of bank operations. In January of 1973, she was appointed auditor. She was a loyal and dedicated employee and officer for 44½ years. She was also the main "Bookkeeper" and "whip cracker" for Glenn and then Doug at Glenn's Automotive Repair, keeping them in "tow" from 1985 until the time of her death.
She married Glenn Cook of Sharples, W.V., on May 14, 1959. They had two sons, Richard and Douglas.
She was a member of the Congregational Church. She taught Sunday School for many years and served on many church boards. She was a soroptimist member for 26 years, serving two terms as president. She also served on the organization boards and board of directors several times.
She had many interests. Camping with her family was a favorite activity. She and Glenn started camping when their sons were young and continued until Glenn's health failed. She was an avid reader, instilling her love of books in her children and grandchildren. Music was very important to her and she took time every day to listen to her records, CDs and DVDs. She enjoyed needlepoint, crewel embroidery, crossword puzzles (especially diagramless), puzzles, playing board games and any card game. Every morning she read the paper and worked the crosswords while having her cup of coffee.
She always had a cat or two. She said they are independent and intelligent. Both good qualities, she was glad these pets let her live with them in their home. If you've ever had cats, you will understand.
Her friends were an important part of her life. After she retired, she began taking Motor Coach tours with a friend or two. She often went on trips and traveled together with five or six of her fellow classmates. Family meant everything to her; especially her daughters-in-law, Kim and Rhoda. They were the daughters she never had. Her children and grandchildren were the joys of her life.
She was an amazing baker. She made all of the pies for holiday dinners, always making sure everyone had their favorite, sometimes making as many as 12-14 different types.
She was very proud of her Irish heritage.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47½ years, Glenn Cook.
Survivors include son Richard Cook (Rhoda Lake) of Laurel, and Richard's sons, Jesse Cook and Justin Cook, both of Glasgow; son, Doug Cook (Kim DeBeau) of Park Grove; Doug's children, Jory Cook (Cortney Kautz) of Park Grove, Jory's two children, Jordan Cook and Meranda Bechal, both of Glasgow; Shandy Stingley (Mike "Fuzz" Stingley) of Nashua and Ali Cook (Jaime Riseden) of Great Falls; her special niece, Tracy Grimm of Glasgow; and all her friends.
A visitation was held Tuesday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m., at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Congregational Church in Glasgow, followed by burial in the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.