Janyce Kilborn Cook
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Norfolk - Janyce Cook passed away quietly surrounded by family in Norfolk, Virginia where she had been recovering from surgery. She is predeceased by her husband, Harold Cook; her parents Elizabeth Clark Kilborn and Lawrence Kilborn, and her sister Betty. She is survived by two sons, Christopher and his wife Paula of Norfolk, Virginia; Larry and his wife Leeann of Spring Lake; stepson Tom Cook of Nashville, TN; stepdaughter Marilyn Kolas and her husband John of Piscataway, NJ; eight grandchildren; sister Laurette of Sheepscot, Maine; and many nieces and nephews, who always loved their "Auntie Janyce."
Born in Philadelphia in July of 1925, Janyce attended New York University at the age of 16, majoring in journalism, and later reported for the New York Herald Tribune. She met her husband Harold while working at a public relations firm in New York. Thereafter, she devoted her life to her family.
In the past decade she found a loving church home at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan, NJ, where among other ministries, she served as a Stephen Minister, providing comfort and companionship to seniors, most her junior of many years. She lived independently, and on her own terms till the end. Her passion for politics, gardening, good food, good wine, and unflappable sense of humor touched everyone she knew. She maintained her grace, charm, beautiful smile and sense of humor till the end. One favorite life long daily activity was the New York Times crossword, which she did in ink everyday. When recently asked by her son Chris if she could still complete it in twenty minutes, she sported her wry smile and replied, "Good Lord, I never taken twenty minutes."
A memorial service celebrating Janyce's life will be held on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1301 Coley Ave, Norfolk. A reception will follow at the church. A similar service will be held at her home church in Manasquan, NJ on May 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 6 Osborn Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736. Arrangements are being handled by HD Oliver Funeral Apts, Norfolk. Online condolences may be made at HDOliver.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 8, 2013