Dora J. Cook, a longtime resident of Colville, passed peacefully into eternity on Nov. 29, 2013 in Spokane. Dora was born to Qurinus C. and Gertrude (Moss) Huyser on May 28, 1919 in Big Timber, MT.
She grew up on her parent’s ranch with her brother, Quincy, and sisters, Olive and Ruth. Dora attended the Wormser School in Sweetgrass, CO, graduating from the eighth grade in 1932. She left Montana in May 1942, traveling to Vallejo, CA where she worked as a welder in the shipyards at Mare Island during World War II.
She worked on submarines, including the USS Tang, Swordfish and Tilefish. It was there that she met and married Lawrence Mitchell, a fireman in the U.S. Navy, in 1943. Lawrence died later that year after a brief illness. Dora accompanied his body to Colville for burial in Highland Cemetery.
She lived with Lawrence’s mother briefly before meeting David V. Cook. She and David married on Aug. 3, 1944. Soon after, Jay, their son was born in April 1945 and four years later their daughter, Helen, completed their family.
They built their long-time family residence on South Hofstetter Street in Colville, where they resided until 1998. As her children grew older, she worked outside her home as a housekeeper, and later as a checker at the Old Dominion Creamery and Poke-A-Dot grocery.
In 1998, Dora and Dave moved to Colbert to be near their son, Jay, and daughter-in-law, Sue. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage before Dave’s death in 1999. Dora has lived on Jay and Sue’s property for the last 14 years.
During her 55 years in Colville, Dora was active in the PTA, Eastern Star and the Church of God. She served two terms as Worthy Matron of her Eastern Star lodge, as well as Guardian for Bethel 13 of Job’s Daughters during her daughter’s years in the Bethel. She was active in her church’s women’s group and choir, occasionally acting as a soloist for Sunday services. She enjoyed her family, homemaking and service to others. Both she and her husband, Dave, valued education and sacrificed to see that Jay and Helen had college educations, an opportunity not afforded to them.
Jay graduated from Eastern Washington State University in 1968 with a BA in Industrial Technology and Helen graduated from the University of Washington in 1971 with a BS in nursing. Above all, Dora loved and served the Lord, Jesus Christ. Her Christian faith and values were evident throughout her life. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family and confident in her eternal destiny. Dora leaves a legacy of love and peace.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents, Qurinus C. Huyser, and Gertrude Huyser; husband, David. V. Cook; brother, Quincy Huyser and sister, Olive Kratzer.
She is survived by her son, Jay Cook and wife, Susan, Colbert; daughter, Helen Bodkin, Redmond; sister, Ruth Foster, Monroe; grandchildren, Jonathan Danaraj and wife, Amanda, Jacksonville, FL; Ranjini Danaraj, Arlington, VA; Courtney Danaraj, Monroe; great-grandchildren, Madilyn, Emma, Lucy and Jackson, Jacksonville, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Dora J. Cook was held Dec. 7 at the Northview Bible Church in Spokane.
Graveside service followed at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.
World Vision and the Union Gospel Mission were two of Dora’s favorite charities. Her family requests that memorial donations be made to these organizations or the Hospice House of Spokane in her honor.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
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