Mary Elouise Cook

Mary Elouise Cook, 78, Shawnee, Kansas, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019, at her home. 

Mary was born February 14, 1940, in Orient, Adair County, Iowa, to Roy and Frances Krabiel. She was a 1957 graduate of Orient High School and attended Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, majoring in music. On August 9, 1959, Mary married Larry Cook in Orient, Iowa.

Mary’s life was devoted to making music. Her first church organist job was at the age of 11 at the Orient United Methodist Church. She was the organist at various churches and retired after 30 years at Leawood Baptist Church. One of her highlights was playing the pipe organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as part of a choir tour throughout Europe. Mary was also the choral music accompanist for Shawnee Mission Northwest High School for 26 years.

Mary and Larry have lived in Creston, Iowa, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ankeny, Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa and most recently resided in Shawnee, Kansas. She spent her winters in Palm Springs, California.

Mary is survived by her husband, Larry Cook; two sons, Tony (Tina) Cook, Wichita, Kansas, and Jeff (Kim) Cook, Shawnee, Kansas; sister, Dorothy (Jerry) Straks, Meadow Vista, California; grandchildren, Kaleb Gilmore, Michael Vielhauer, Michaela Evans and Kaitlyn Evans; niece, Sarah Straks; and nephew, Mark (Becky) Straks.


Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life will include a visitation at 9:30-11:00 a.m. with a service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, Kansas.


Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), 6315 W. 110th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66211.  Mary had a servant’s heart and was a strong supporter of IHN.

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17 Comments on “Mary Elouise Cook”

  1. Dana Terry Says:

    Jeff and family, thinking of you during this difficult time and hoping your fond memories are surrounding you with a blanket of comfort.

  2. Jeff Cook Says:

    My dear sweet mother, I will miss you terribly and I’ll cherish all the wonderful times we have had together throughout my lifetime. I know you are with the Lord now, dancing with your mom, and playing the organ for angel choirs. I love you and will continue on the legacy you have built for our family. Love, Jeff

  3. S Victoria Ann Lichtenauer Says:

    Dear Tony, Larry and Jeff
    I am sending you my heartfelt sympathy from my home in New Orleans
    I have many fond memories of you mom/ wife
    May she rest in a music filled peace

  4. Brian McAnany Says:

    My prayers and condolences go out to the Cooks. Mary was a wonderful person. Always positive. She and her family made the neighborhood better. God Bless.

  5. HarriettCurtis Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  6. Ken Fine Says:

    Larry and family, On behalf of the Kansas District UPS retiree families, we are thinking of all of you and wish to offer our prayers, thoughts and condolences at this time of your loss and grief.

  7. Artie & Ruth Ann Vielhauer Says:

    To the Cook family , we are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Artie & Ruth Ann

  8. Marcia S Brox Says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I knew Mary from her work in the attendance office at SMNW as well as her work as the accompanist for the choral groups at school. I loved talking with her and respected her skills in both capacities in which she served the school. My thoughts are with her family during a very difficult time.

  9. John & Teresa Estes Says:

    Mary will be greatly missed in the music community.
    I (John) first got to know Mary at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School when I was working there. She always had a congenial attitude. Then we had the pleasure of listening to her excellent organ music at Leawood Baptist Church. Once again she will be greatly missed. My dad (Davis) always spoke highly of her.

  10. Dorothy SHELTON Says:

    Larry and family our prayers are with you for your great loss.
    Tom & Dorothy

  11. Craig Shoup Says:

    Larry, I am so sad to learn of your loss. Unfortunately I never met Mary but after reading about her in the paper it is readily apparent that she was a wonderful lady not only with great musical talent but with a generous heart and kind spirit. I offer my condolences to you and your family.

  12. Tim Schauf Says:

    Ma, you were like a second mom to me, and I’ll miss you deeply. I thank God for the blessing that you were to me and my family. Your and Pa’s kindness was enormous. May you rest in eternal peace in the arms of our Lord, until we see you again. I pray God’s grace will pour out upon Pa, Tony, Jeff, and your whole family as we grieve your loss. Ma – enjoy the communion of Saints and the choir of angels!

  13. Maureen McAnany Ronolo Says:

    To Mary’s family,
    My sincere condolences at Mary’s passing. I enjoyed many conversations when home visiting my family. Mary was always so sweet and was always a wonderful next door neighbor.

  14. Kim Pullen Says:

    So sorry for your loss

  15. Sandra Cook Hamilton Says:

    Larry, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. May Mary’s soul rest in peace.

  16. Chris Taylor Says:

    Dad, Tony and Jeff, your wife and mother was a great woman who cherished her family, her God, and who welcomed so many into her inner circle of love. She was a blessing to me and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of your family. My condolences, prayers and love go out to you in this time of sorrow. Mary, rest in peace and play your heart out for all to enjoy…

  17. Shelee and Mitch Brim Says:

    Jeff and Kim,

    We were so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We enjoyed visiting with her at your parties. Such a sweet lady! Heaven has gained an angel and she will make more music there. Hugs to all!

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