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Jimmie Jane Cook, of Edmond Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on December 24th, 2017. Her early years were spent in the town of Salina, Oklahoma, although she considered Drumright, Oklahoma her hometown and spent 67 years there. Jimmie and her husband, Melvin "Cookie" Cook started an insurance and real estate business in Drumright. When her youngest of three started grade school she began her college career at Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education, as well as a Master's degree in Literature. Mrs. Cook was on faculty for over 30 years. She loved being able to touch student's lives and never considered it "work". Jimmie and Cookie shared many adventures traveling the world with Friendship Force of Oklahoma. Lifetime bonds were made with fellow travelers, as well as those from other countries with whom they shared their home. Jimmie was a writer and oftentimes a chance meeting would turn into a human interest story for her weekly article in the Drumright Gusher Newspaper. She was also published in The Daily Oklahoman, The Stillwater Newspress, Cushing Daily Citizen and the Edmond Sun, and also enjoyed doing a radio show for KUSH in Cushing, Oklahoma. Among her accolades were being named Drumright Citizen of the Year, and twice named an Outstanding Oklahoman of the Year. While in Drumright she served on the Human Needs Council, was active within the United Methodist Church, cooked monthly for the Rotary Club, a member of Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in raising funds for the many town murals. After retirement she became a trained docent for Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, gave weekly tours at the Oklahoma Aquarium, and gave guided tours of the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City. Her many hobbies included writing poetry, painting, playing bridge, golfing, gardening, and being an Oklahoma State Football season ticket holder for over 50 years. In sports, Jimmie's blood ran Orange, but in Politics she remained true blue. Jimmie is survived by her sister, Mary Allen, of Spring Branch Texas. Daughters Sharon Lankford (Carey) of Rhode Island. Debbie Wells (Jack) of Edmond and Beverly Crowe (Dennis) of Perry. Grandchildren Kristin Koch of Rhode Island (Robert; Ryan and Ashley), Cara Stanford of North Carolina (John; Delaney and Sophie), David Lankford of Massachusetts (Daisey; Sara and Evan), Jack K. Wells IV of Edmond (Candi; Jaycee, Jack V and Jenkins). Step granddaughters Angela Beasley of Colorado and Michelle Colon of Oklahoma City. Preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Cook, and sisters Mildred Rowell and Alice Gregory. Jimmie always found a way to help others, impacting many lives along the way. A celebration of life will follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness for someone in need. Jimmie ended her letters and conversations with the two words she lived by, "Be Kind". Class dismissed, Jimmie.
Published on January 4, 2018
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