Jimmie Kearney
B: 1937-09-19
D: 2017-10-22
View Details
Kearney, Jimmie
Oscar Davis
B: 1924-08-13
D: 2017-10-20
View Details
Davis, Oscar
Linda McGhee
B: 1948-06-01
D: 2017-10-16
View Details
McGhee, Linda
Charlotte House
B: 1945-12-05
D: 2017-10-16
View Details
House, Charlotte
Vernon Frasier
B: 1930-04-28
D: 2017-10-08
View Details
Frasier, Vernon
Robert Sprouse
B: 1949-04-22
D: 2017-10-07
View Details
Sprouse, Robert
Chester Smith
B: 1943-11-03
D: 2017-10-02
View Details
Smith, Chester
Leonard Strickland
B: 1962-11-27
D: 2017-09-23
View Details
Strickland, Leonard
William Griffin
B: 1940-06-15
D: 2017-09-18
View Details
Griffin, William
Louise Jeffreys
B: 1924-12-24
D: 2017-09-16
View Details
Jeffreys, Louise
James Blackley
B: 1930-12-18
D: 2017-09-15
View Details
Blackley, James
Hans Weinberger
B: 1928-09-27
D: 2017-09-15
View Details
Weinberger, Hans
Samuel Gourley
B: 1956-12-15
D: 2017-09-14
View Details
Gourley, Samuel
Jenny Haney
B: 1954-02-23
D: 2017-09-06
View Details
Haney, Jenny
Christopher Kern
B: 1960-03-03
D: 2017-09-02
View Details
Kern, Christopher
Douglas Wood
B: 1946-07-23
D: 2017-08-31
View Details
Wood, Douglas
Darrell Wyrick
B: 1941-03-02
D: 2017-08-26
View Details
Wyrick, Darrell
Steven Claiborne
B: 1989-12-19
D: 2017-08-22
View Details
Claiborne, Steven
Marlene Tarter
B: 1935-07-12
D: 2017-08-12
View Details
Tarter, Marlene
Bobby Tharrington
B: 1949-02-13
D: 2017-08-10
View Details
Tharrington, Bobby
George Leonard
B: 1956-12-09
D: 2017-08-09
View Details
Leonard, George


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
804 North Bickett Blvd.
Louisburg , NC 27549
Phone: (919) 496-3161
Fax: (919) 496-0237
Ruth Cooke
In Memory of
Ruth Malene Cooke (Cooke)
1926 - 2017
Memorial Candle Tribute From
Lancaster Funeral and Cremation Services
"We are pleased to provide this Book of Memories to the family."
View full message >>>

Obituary for Ruth Malene Cooke (Cooke)

Ruth M. Cooke, 91, formerly of Louisburg, died May 8th, 2017, at the Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview in Raleigh, NC.

She was born January 9th, 1926, in Northampton County, the youngest of five children born to the late Jacob Ernest and Myrtle Bazemore Cooke. Raised in Aulander, NC, Ruth graduated from Aulander High School in 1943, from the Woman's College of The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in 1947, and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1958.

After receiving her undergraduate degree, she taught Health and Physical Education for two years at a high school in Lexington, VA. In 1949, she was offered what turned out to be the perfect job--teaching and coaching at Louisburg College.

Upon retirement in 1988, the college named Ruth “faculty emerita”. The Ruth Cooke Gardens were a gift to the College from her family in 2007, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Louisburg College Hurricanes Hall of Fame. She traveled the globe with her first cousins Mary Cooke Williford and Pauline S. Tayloe, her brother and sister-in-law Ernest and Jean Cooke, and her dear friend and house-mate of 64 years, Sarah Foster. Never one to sit idly by, she created a small venture she called "Ruth’s Rustics"; Ruth would build bird houses, Sarah would paint them, and the two traveled to craft fairs to sell their creations. Also of joy was the annual Louisburg get-together with Ruth’s sisters and cousins to watch the ACC Tournament, as well as attending local performances at JPAC and Norris Theatre. She cherished her time spent working in her yard, with a healthy dose of affection for her riding mowers which surely kept them working well (sometimes). Her favorite flowers were the beautiful Calla and Day Lilies. Beyond these occupations, she also enjoyed having a poodle to love.

Louisburg provided Ruth a place of joyful contentment for 65 years. She was grateful for the privilege to teach at Louisburg College, for her colleagues, her students, her friends and neighbors, and for the kindness found in her town.

Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law Jean Gordon Cooke of Lyme, NH; niece Margaret Miller Holbrook of High Point, NC; niece Patricia Miller Howell and her husband, Larry, of Durham, NC; nephew John L. Eddy and wife Susan of Trenton & Salisbury, NC; nephew Jacob E. Cooke III and wife Elizabeth of Lyme, NH; as well as four great nieces and six great nephews.

The family especially thanks the following at the Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview for their great care: the nursing staff, William Dunlap M.D., Clinical Dietary Manager Donald Jones, therapist Tessa Smith, recreation director Michael Conte, Mary Harris in Housekeeping, the visiting therapy dogs and their thoughtful owners, the many caring individuals from Transitions LifeCare of Wake County, the physical therapist, and Mrs.Oliver, a previous employee at The Oaks.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 8th, 2017, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon in the Benson Chapel at Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC.

In honor of Ruth, donations can be made in support of:
Louisburg College
501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Order Flowers