FRANCES ALBERTA (SPERRY) COOKE - PANTON - Frances Alberta (Sperry) Cooke, 85, went peacefully with the Lord on Friday, June 13, 2014, surrounded by her family at her home. Frances was born on Sept. 4, 1928, the daughter of Albert and Muriel (Piper) Sperry. She grew up in Cornwall, graduated from Middlebury High School in 1946, then attended Castleton State College, and taught school in Weybridge, Addison, and Bridgewater. She married Patrick Joseph Cooke Jr. on Sept. 6, 1952, and spent 61 happy years as a farm wife and mother of four children, grandmother of four grandsons, and a great-grandmother. Her family was her pride and joy. She loved working on the farm with her husband and being outdoors and staying active. She enjoyed country music, dancing, reading and knitting. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Cooke Jr. of Panton; sons, Patrick Cooke III and significant other, Tammy Chase, of Gansvort, N.Y., and Kevin Cooke of Panton; two daughters, Rebecca Cooke of Middlebury, and Cindy Cooke of Panton; grandsons, Patrick Cooke IV, Seth Tracy, Eric and Adam Thomann; and great-grandchildren, Savannah Thomann, and Liam Thomann. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at St. Peter's Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes, and a reception will be held after at the parish hall. There will be no public calling. In a lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT; or St. Peter's Catholic Church, 85 South Maple St., Vergennes, VT 05491.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 16, 2014