Mary Louise Cook

Mary Louise Cook passed away December 25, 2016 due to a long-term illness
at Fidalgo Care Center in Anacortes, WA. She was 85 years of age.
Mary was born June 28, 1931 in Fargo, ND to William H. Cruden and Elisie
A. Otto. Mary moved to Seattle, WA as a young child and ultimately met her
husband, Lloyd Cook. They married November 29, 1949 and traveled the world
together. Mom raised her four children in Hawaii, Japan, China Lake, and
Tennessee, finally settling on Whidbey Island in 1964.
Mary was active in all Naval wife activities in support of her husband, family and
other Naval wives. She worked at the Naval Day care for 20 years and retired
as a preschool teacher. Many, many of her students and their parents remember
her very fondly and would yell out to her in grocery stores.
Although her husband’s death in 2008 created a huge hole in Mary’s life, she continued to travel and keep
busy for many years. Travels included a train trip with her daughter back to her roots in Fox Glove, WI, and
Castleton, ND, as well as Fargo. They met many old friends who remember her father William Cruden and
already loved Mary, just because. Mary traveled to Arizona several times to visit grandchildren and to San
Diego to visit her friend, Ruth Thiele.
Mary L. Cook is survived by her children Richard P. Cook, William (Teri) Cook, Jeanine (Patrick) Dyer and Barb
Cook Culver. Also surviving are grandchildren Jason Cook, Robert Cook, Rachel Cook, Caitlin Cook, Kristin
Cook and great-granddaughter, Ensley Cook. She was preceded in death by Lloyd and her oldest son, Robert
Cook. Two years ago, the family welcomed Robert’s daughter, Kristin Lerch and husband Alan into their lives.
A Memorial Service for Mary will be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am. A Celebration
of Life will follow at 1:30 pm at the American Legion.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. To leave messages or share condolences,
please visit Mary’s Book of Memories page on the funeral home website at