Linda Batliner Cook

April 19, 1942May 3, 2021

Linda Batliner Cook, of Mission Hills, Kansas passed away on May 3rd, 2021.

She was the spunky light in our family's lives, and a true inspiration to us all. Linda was pre-deceased by her mother and father, Betty and Bill Batliner, as well as her brother William Batliner, II. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bob Cook and children Lindsay (Joe) Jurden and Ward (Sally) Cook, as well as four grandchildren: Drew and Grant Jurden; Katie and Jack Cook.

In addition to being a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Linda possessed exceptional talents in dancing, interior design, gardening and landscaping. From Mark Twain: "The two most important days in life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." Linda found her "why" early, it was serving others. Her entire adult life was spent in service to our community. She started with KCMO Junior League projects, and the "Bacchus" Board of Governors then, involvement in the American Royal as a "BOTAR" and committee chair. She was a tour guide at the Nelson Gallery, and on the committee that held the first Channel 19 Auction. A music lover from an early age, she was a member of the Junior Woman's Philharmonic League, Symphony League and a longtime KC Symphony season ticket holder. Linda served on the board of directors of: Friends of Art; Historic KC Foundation and chaired the "Possum Trot" project; Folly Theatre; KC Arts Council; KC Ballet Guild and started the Ballet Boutique; Friends of the Zoo; Worn all House and for 20 years, The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired. She was exceptionally successful with charitable fund raising. Somehow, Linda found time to volunteer at church, the United Way, American Cancer Society, and of course there was always time for family. She truly was a tireless worker for others, and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Throughout her life Linda relied on her strong Christian faith and the promise of life eternal.

Linda's funeral service will be Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 am, at Cure of Ars Church - 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206. Due to Corona 19 Virus concerns neither a visitation nor reception will be held and the cemetery service will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Sally Cook, Director of Development - "Cornerstones of Care" - 300 East 36th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.


  • Betty (Roark) Batliner, Mother (deceased)
  • William "Bill" J. Batliner, Father (deceased)
  • William Batliner, II, Brother (deceased)
  • J. Robert "Bob" Cook, Husband of 56 years
  • Lindsay Jurden (Joe), Daughter
  • Ward Cook (Sally), Son
  • Drew Jurden, Grandchild
  • Grant Jurden, Grandchild
  • Katie Cook, Grandchild
  • Jack Cook, Grandchild


11 May

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cure of Ars Catholic Church

Officiated by: Father Richard Storey

9401 Mission Road
Leawood, Kansas 66206


Linda Batliner Cook

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Katherine Cosgrove Van Horn

May 11, 2021

Friends. The memorial service was wonderful. I watched while walking on the treadmill in Sctsdale. Linda would like this...we’d often walk and catchup on life. I treasure all things Linda and your family. Pool class with Linda and friends was always a great afternoon. She loved others very well. She is dancing!

Sarah Cooley Blackman

May 9, 2021

Dear Cook family,

We were so saddened to hear of Linda's passing. My father (Dave Cooley) had been keeping us informed of her most recent health issues, and we had added your family to our prayer list. Linda was my Botar sponsor in 1988, and I was so appreciative of her assistance. I made so many friends through that wonderful organization, and was truly blessed to be a part of it. We are sending prayers of comfort and healing to your family.

Sarah (Cooley) Blackman
Art Blackman

Charlotte Hagman

May 6, 2021

Cook Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Linda. It is so hard to lose a wife/mom/grandma. Hold onto the wonderful memories that everyone was able to share together. Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if y'all need anything.

With Love,
Rob, Charlotte, Sally, Cat and Blue Hagman

Gordon Rose

May 5, 2021

My heart goes out to you and the family at Linda's going to be with the Lord. I had to go to our Riparian Yearbook to remember who you were, but I do remember now that I've seen your picture.
We were in a big graduating class (363 if I remember correctly), so didn't get to know everyone closely.
Really glad to see Linda was a woman of strong faith. The assurance you will see your loved one again is an amazing thought that many in this world, without Christ, don't have that hope. I will certainly pray for you and your family in these days ahead... for strength as you go through the grieving process.
God still has plans for your life... and I'm glad you have wonderful memories with Linda to cherish in the months and years ahead.