Surrounded by family and loving friends, SMSgt Carla Marie Cooke (Retired) passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 40 years of age, after a long battle with cancer. Carla is lovingly remembered by her mother, Mrs. Carlin Nembhard of Queens, New York; father, Augustus Cooke of St Elizabeth, Jamaica; grandmother, Rosetta Maitland of Atlanta, Georgia; her sisters: Marlene Nicholson, Michelle Cooke, and Cassandra Grant; and her brothers: Robert Grant, Byron Grant, and Omar Grant, all of whom are from Queens, New York; six nephews; four nieces; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Carla was born in St Elizabeth, Jamaica on July 6, 1973 and raised in both St Elizabeth, Jamaica, and Queens, New York. She graduated from Beach Channel High School in 1992 and went on to earn an Associate in Information Resources Management, Associate in Information Systems Management in 2003, and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management, from Wayland University. Carla served 21 years of faithful military service in the United States Air Force, enlisting in 1992 as an Airman Basic and retiring in 2013 as a Senior Master Sergeant. Carla enjoyed a decorated career in the Air Force as a Knowledge Operations Professional, graduating from the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and Senior NCO Academy. Carla was a compassionate and courageous soul, a powerful advocate for children, and enjoyed volunteering for charity organizations, shopping, traveling and growing plants/flowers. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Friendship Assembly of God, 3685 New Centre Point, Colorado Springs, at 2 pm, Pastor James Kressman officiating. Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm, at Ft Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO. Interment is at Ft Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of the Pikes Peak Region, 701 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.
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Published in The Gazette on July 20, 2013