Judith Ellen Cook, age 81 years, formerly of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Eckstein Center, Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona following an illness.
She was born on July 13, 1936 in Niles to Anthony Sheridan and Margaret Ellen (Schmidt) Cook. She was graduated from Niles High School in 1956, and owned and operated the “Little Folks” licensed child daycare center in her home. She lived in Niles, and in Stevensville, Michigan before moving to Arizona.
Judy was a member of the Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles and of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Stevensville. She always participated in the parish activities of each church.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph Sheridan Cook, Ph.D. in 2008, and Capt. Karl Cook, U.S.Navy, Ret’d, in 2015.
Surviving family includes her daughter, M. Karen Goodwin of Houston, Texas; and Judy’s siblings, Mary Sharon LaFrance of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Martha Karien Pariser of Longwood, Florida, Virginia Valerie Cook, Ph.D. of Sun Lakes, and Margaret Michela Howell of Fargo, North Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
The Memorial Mass for Judith Cook will be celebrated at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Niles at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 by the Rev. Jim Ferguson, C.S.C. of Holy Cross House in Notre Dame, Indiana, assisted by Deacon Roger Gregorski of Saint Mary parish. Committal Rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Niles.
The family will gather with relatives and friends at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street, Niles, Michigan before traveling in motorcade to the Mass. Contributions in memory of Judith may be made to Saint Mary Catholic Church, 209 South Lincoln Avenue, Niles, Michigan 49120; http://www.stmarysniles.org. Online condolences may be left at: www.halbritterwickens.com