Cora Louise "Cokie" Strafer

July 18, 1918October 9, 2020

Cokie,102, passed away peacefully October 9, 2020 at The Healthcare Resort of Leawood with her daughter by her side.

Cokie was born in Denton, Texas July 18,1918 to Herbert and Lorene Haughton. At the age of three she and her parents moved to Kansas City. She graduated from Paseo High School and attended the University of Kansas City, now UMKC. Through a mutual friend she met Dick Strafer. In 1940 they were married and spent 58 happy years together until his death in1998. Cokie was a people person. She loved to get together with family and friends. She enjoyed decorating for holidays and special occasions. An excellent cook, she discovered pizza and served it to friends long before there was any Pizza Hut. She and Dick played Twilight golf at Indian Hills Country Club. She also played with the Wednesday Nine Holers followed by lunch and bridge. Cokie was a long time member of Country Club Christian Church and the Fifty- Fifty Sunday School class . She was a Life member of Kansas City Young Matrons and active in The Fireside Committee of the Kansas City Art Institute. She and Dick traveled to the Orient with friends where she fell in love with Oriental furniture.

Cokie was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. She participated in many of her girl's school activities, and loved to have her grandsons, Chris and Ryan on overnights. To her delight she lived to enjoy three great grand-children: Emily, Kyra, and Evan. Cokie was fun loving, talented and generous. She always had a little glitz. She will be missed.

Cokie was preceded in death by her husband Dick and daughter Virginia "Jill" Morrison.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


Cora Louise "Cokie" Strafer

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Eric Johnson

October 21, 2020

Our condolences on the passing of your mother. We have fond memories of Cokie hosting Easter egg hunts at her home when our kids were little and the fun she had. It seems like yesterday.
Our best to you and Dick.

Eric and Becky Johnson

Susan Files

October 21, 2020

I have so many fond memories of Cokie when she lived @ The Forum Senior Living. Thank you Judy and family for giving us the opportunity to have so much fun, love and joy with your mother. She was always a bright spot in my day when stopping by my office to visit. Hugs and Prayers.

Susan Erwood

October 20, 2020

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Cokie about three years ago when she and my mom became friends. What a delightful woman! Cokie was witty and funny and so much fun to talk to. I missed seeing her the last few months due to the pandemic. I am honored to have known Cokie. She made this world a better place.

Terry Miller

October 18, 2020

Cokie was a wonderful, fun lady. Mary Florence and Dick Tippin traveled with Cokie and Dick to Chiefs games all over having a wonderful time.
She lived a long and happy life. I am so sorry she passed away but know she is not suffering and now with Dick. I know the pain will never go away but time does ease it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and Dick and the family.
Terry and Doug Miller