Evelyn Thompson Cook
Evelyn Thompson Cook passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.
Evelyn led a rich and creative life centered upon her family, including her devoted husband of 50 years, John Clarence Cook, her three daughters, Wendy Cook Ward, of Greer, SC, Tammy Cook of Trumbull, CT, and Terri Cook of Boulder, CO, her four precious grandchildren, two sons-in-law, and her beloved cat, Bella.
The eldest of five siblings, Evelyn was born in 1942 to the late Harold J. Thompson and Thelma Wedge Thompson of Watertown, CT. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1959, Evelyn raised her own children in the same town, where she worked professionally as a secretary at several corporations and served her community in many roles, including as a Girl Scout leader, a member of Watertown's First Congregational Church, and a leader of the town's Bicentennial Committee.
Passionate about music, Evelyn sang barbershop for ten years with both a Sweet Adeline chorus and quartet and was active in her church choirs.
In 1991 Evelyn and John relocated to the Greenville, SC area, where she worked for twelve years as the Executive Assistant to the owner of Dispoz-o Plastics. After being diagnosed with COPD a decade ago, Evelyn retired and, despite her illness, volunteered extensively in the community, leading several LifeWise clubs and filling many roles at the Disciples United Methodist Church.
Already an avid crafter, in her retirement Evelyn happily devoted much of her time to creative pursuits, including cooking, and discovered both scrapbooking and cardmaking. She led a LifeWise cardmaking club and volunteered for a "Let There Be Mom" scrapbooking group, and her work and valiant fight against the disease that claimed her life has inspired many people. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of photographs, scrapbooks, and writings for her family and friends to cherish.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 185 Riley Smith Drive, Greenville, SC. In lieu of flowers, Evelyn requested that memorials be made to either One School at a Time (www.1schoolatatime.org) or Open Arms Hospice (www.openarmshospice.org).
Cannon Funeral Home-Fountain Inn
Cannon Funerals and Cremations
1150 North Main Street
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Published in The Greenville News on Aug. 21, 2014