Obituary: Marie (Gross) Cooke, 91

by | Aug 19, 2014

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Marie (Gross) Cooke, 91, of Warwick passed away peacefully at home August 14. She was the wife of the late Francis A. Cooke. She was born October 17, 1922, in New Jersey to William and Emilie ( Schmidt) Gross. Marie grew up in Providence and was a graduate of Central High School class of 1941.

She became an executive secretary for H.V. Collins and later to National Cash Register. She resided in the Cowesett area of Warwick for the past 60 years, and lived in the home that she and her husband built together as a young couple.

Marie was passionate about animals and wildlife. She enjoyed traveling, history, music of all types, cooking, and reading the newspaper daily. She couldn’t pass up a yard sale and was an avid antique collector. She especially loved to dance and was known as “the jitterbug queen” in high school. She spent many summer days on Galilee beach. Until recently went on daily rides to the Point Judith light house to watch the sunsets over Narragansett bay. Marie will mostly be remembered for her warm and welcoming personality, and her love of friends, and family. Forever young at heart, she was always looking forward to her next adventure.

She leaves behind her daughter Allison M. Cooke of Warwick, and granddaughter Beau Nally of New Orleans, La. She was the mother of the late Betsy A. Nally and the sister or the late Norma Jefferson. She will also be greatly missed by her beloved dog Rusty.

Her funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Division St., East Greenwich. Burial will be in R.I. Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. You can visit her online obituary and condolence page on the Hill Funeral Home website here.

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