(1918 – 2013)
Mildred Carl Cook was born to Henry and Elfrieda (Momm) Carl. Mildred “Millie” grew up in Irvington , Neptune and Hanover, New Jersey. She studied at Miami University for a year and at the Berkley Secretarial School. Returning from her work in Newark, New Jersey, on the bus, the Sunday School Superintendent at Hanover’s First Presbyterian Church invited Mildred to a service. Soon she became part of The Young Peoples Group which was already known as “Mrs. Cook’s Matrimonial Club”. It “worked” for Mildred and Mrs. Cook’s son, F. Seymour Cook. The couple married in 1939. They lived in the home Seymour’s father built in 1910 in which they raised their three daughters, Ellen, Phyllis and Jean. Mildred was very active in the Presbyterian Church; directing Vacation Bible School, teaching and being Sunday School Superintendent and founding the Harvest Festival and Fair. She also was a founder of the local PTA and chaperoned numerous dances and school activities.
Mildred worked for the E. Hanover Township School District, Nabisco and other places, using her phenomenal office skills. She was known as a “crackerjack secretary”. Mildred and Seymour “retired” to a home in Branchburg, New Jersey in 1986. They had been married for 59 years at his death in 1998.
In 2004, Mildred moved to Hoquiam, Washington, to live near her daughter, Ellen and her family. The Martha Circle and Saron Evangelical Lutheran Church became her new Church home.
Mrs. Cook’s daughters are Phyllis (David) James of Arizona, M. Jean (Darwin) Rygg, Jr. of Utah, and Ellen (Bill) Pickell of Washington. Grandchildren are Timothy (Kris) Hainley, Stephanie (Garrett) Castle, Erica (Sean) Hollen, Jennifer (Daryl) Horne, D. Maury (Neisha) Rygg, III, Ellis (Merri) Rygg, Rebecca (Ben) Jensen, and Jon (Deborah) Rygg. Her great-grandchildren number 17. Grandchildren, Nichole James and Peter Hainley; as well as her sister, Doris Speaker; brother, Robert Carl; and step-sister, Gladys Parker preceded her in death.
Memorials can be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover, New Jersey 07936.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Saron Lutheran Church in Hoquiam. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Hanover, New Jersey.
Arrangements are through Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam, Washington.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online guest register at www.colemanmortuary.net.