age 90, a strong, independent and courageous woman, passed away in her sleep just after midnight on Thursday, May 26, 2016, after a brief battle with Congestive Heart Failure. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 15, 1925, Lillian was a devoted Mother who, later in life, began a successful medical career in the provision of electrocardiograms and electroencephalograms. She began her professional career at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio and at the age of 50, moved to Bradenton, Florida and continued her medical career at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital, also in the EKG/EEG field. After retiring from the medical profession, Lillian joined Home Companions in Bradenton, Florida, providing home services as a caregiver to the elderly and other individuals in need. As a teenager, Lillian became a young wife and mother and shortly thereafter, was diagnosed with Poliomyelitis (Polio). Lillian was determined to overcome her disease and to walk again, even when told this would never be the case. Her hard work, determination, and commitment to be able to walk was driven by her desire and dream of raising a family and having the "ability to walk and hold her children on her own". Later in life, she continued her fight against Polio when she was diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome. She would often say her greatest accomplishment, joy, and meaning to her life were her four children. She is survived by three sons and one daughter. They are Thomas Cooke and his wife, Nancy, of Bradenton, Florida; John Cooke and his wife, Clare, of Marion, Ohio; Robert Cooke and his wife, Mary Ann, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Joan Cooke of Weston, Florida. Lillian is also survived by four grandchildren – David Cooke and his wife, Kim, of Marion, Ohio; Kristi Cooke Wink and her husband, Joe, of Marion, Ohio; Michael Cooke of Chicago, Illinois; and Jeffrey Cooke of Cincinnati, Ohio; as well as, five great-grandchildren, Sadie, Tanner, and Brady Wink of Marion, Ohio; Matthew and Casey Cooke of Marion, Ohio. Lillian is also survived by a brother, Henry (Hank) B. Tjarks and his wife, Virginia, of Telford, Pennsylvania; sister, Barbara Llewellyn of High Springs, Florida; and three nephews, David, Paul, and Mark Tjarks. Florida arrangements for Lillian's cremation are being made by T.M.Ralph's Funeral Home in Plantation, Florida. A private memorial service to scatter Lillian's ashes will be scheduled and announced at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers or other remembrances, donations be made directly online in Lillian's name to the
in Memphis, Tennessee, to aid children afflicted with disabling and terminal diseases.
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Plantation, FL 33317
Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 1, 2016