Helen M. Cook, age 85, of Barnes, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Cambridge Place in Marysville.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00 am, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Christian Church in Barnes with Pastor Jacob Bollhoefner officiating. The musician is Betty Guin and will include “Because He Lives” as a congregational hymn. Honorary bearers are Emily Murchison, William Svanda, Owen Svanda and Quinn Cook. A private inurnment at Maplewood Cemetery will follow at a later date.

Helen was born July 28, 1931, at Pamona to John I. and Olive “Ruth” (Smith) Duvall. She graduated from Pamona High School in 1948. She married Dean O. Cook on July 9, 1952 at Alexandria, Virginia, he passed away in 2010. Together they traveled the world as she and their family followed Dean’s military career. They returned to Barnes after his retirement.

Helen worked as a custodian for 25 years at the school in Barnes. She enjoyed many different crafts, especially sewing, and there were not many things she could not make or refinish. Being a military wife she found family and friends very precious, always making room at the table for guests who just happened to drop by at meal time. Putting others first was a priority for her.

Survivors include a daughter, Gina L. Murchison and husband John of Sabetha, three grandchildren: Mike Cook and wife Leah, Kelly Svanda and husband Jerry and Emily Murchison, three great –grandchildren. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law Kathy Gross and husband Delvin and a sister Mary Nordyke.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, their two sons; James D. Cook and Douglas G. Cook, and by a sister Thelma Griffin.

Memorials are suggested to the Helen Cook Memorial to be designated later and may be sent in care of the funeral home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.

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