Kaye Louise Cook
December 11, 1937 – May 7, 2019
Born December 11, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri, Kaye was the youngest child of Mildred Bernice Johns and William Kerfus Johns. When Kaye was 4 and her sister JoAnne was 11, the family moved to Oklahoma City, where Kaye attended Edgemere grade school, Harding Junior High and Classen High School, graduating in 1956. That same fall, Kaye headed to Gulf Park College for women where she met many of her lifelong friends. She was even president of her class. She spent only one wonderful year there before finishing her education at the University of Oklahoma. At OU Kaye became a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a BS in 1960.
Upon graduation Kaye taught school specializing in special education. Kaye loved her kids.
Oklahoma City was always home for Kaye. She generously gave her time to The Junior League of Oklahoma City, Casady School and The Beaux Arts Society throughout her adult life. Kaye played tennis, golf and loved fly fishing. She and her husband of 48 years, Ed Cook, traveled the world together. A game enthusiast, Kaye and her many dear friends could be found most afternoons in a competitive game of bridge or racehorse kanasta. She was a fixture at the 8 am service of All Souls Episcopal Church.
Those who knew Kaye know that she always wore a smile. She was kind to everyone and loved by all. She was the ultimate lady - always put together perfectly and never an unkind word or thought. She loved people.
Kaye is survived by her loving husband Edward Hahn Cook of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , her three children Kerri Ellis Davis and husband James of Dallas, Texas, Joseph Ode Ellis “Jay” of Dallas, Texas, William Michael Ellis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her 4 granddaughters Kayla Kemmerer Ellis, Meagan Marie Ellis, Jennifer Anne Davis and Katheryne Grace Davis: her stepchildren Jennifer Cook Lewis and husband Chris of Los Angeles, California; Scott Glenn Cook of Los Angeles California: their children Robert Christopher Lewis, Chelsea Woods Lewis, Charli Gayle Lewis, William Woods “Woody” Cook, Ethan Hahn Cook, Alexa Cook Sherman and Jessica Hahn Cook. Kaye is also survived by her older sister JoAnne Johns Atkinson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Her step son Edward Hahn Cook, ll of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma preceded Kaye in death, but always lived in her heart. Kaye leaves behind many loving friends.
A memorial service celebrating Kaye’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at All Souls’ Episcopal Church. A reception will be held in the parish hall immediately following the service.
The family wishes to thank the loving caregivers at Dorset Place memory care for the kindness and compassion they have shown to Kaye in her final months. We also wish to thank her many dear friends for their care and devotion to Kaye through their visits and thoughts.
The family asks that donations be made to The Alzheimers Foundation or Casady School.
Our world will never be the same without Kaye. We will miss her warm words, her sage advice, her kind eyes and her loving ways. We know she has found a much better place. Thank you for joining us to celebrate her life. Finally, in her later years, Kaye was given a nickname by her closest friends. The nickname was “Precious”. We will indeed all miss Precious!
- Memorial Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kaye Louise Cook
May 14, 2019
Mr. Cook to you and your family deepest sympathies.
Jim and Barbara Buratti
May 14, 2019
Kaye was my next door neighbor at beautiful Lake Aluma. We shared car pooling, lake trips, raising our children and a fabulous trip to Europe together. Kaye's wit, infectious smile and quick humor always made everything better - Thank you
for those fun, fun memories, Kaye.
May 13, 2019
Kay and I became friends in the 7th grade at Harding. Through high school our friendship consisted of many dances and common friends. My memory of Kay was one of laughter, common goals in our social life and respect. When I think of good things that happened in the past, Kay's friendship and her true care for her friends will be in my memory. Kay's family should know that she had an exceptional love for life and her friends.
May 11, 2019
Kaye and my mother, Bobbye Kay were the best of friends since their college years at Gulfpark. I always consider Kaye as my second Mom. I admired Kaye she had so much grace and charm and would light up a room with her beautiful smile. I feel very fortunate to have known Kaye for all these years. I will deeply miss this wonderful person. RIP my dear friend.
May 11, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear of kaye’s passing. She was a lovely and delightful lady who had many friends and deeply adored her three children! Kerri, Jay and Will, please accept my deepest condolences.
Barbara Mitchell Thompson
May 10, 2019
I so loved Kaye. We did so many crazy things together and there are so many memories with me as well as many others. She was so much fun and we laughed an awful lot. My heart goes out to her family. Prayers to all of you, but she is in a better place now. Blessings