Betty D. Cook of Holland passed away peacefully on September 12, 2013. She was the only child of James M. and Kathryn Cook both of whom preceded her in death. Jack Knoll, her mother's second husband was also an important part of her life. Betty attended Holland Public Schools and Hope College from which she graduated in 1952. Throughout her four years at Hope she worked as a maid to pay her tuition. She taught school for two years in Lansing, Michigan and while there began working on her MA degree. In 1959 she returned to Holland and taught first grade at Longfellow School until her retirement in 1987. She was a public school teacher for 35 years.
Betty was a natural care-giver who cared for her mother, father, and stepfather in the latter years of their lives. She was also attentive to the needs of her best friend Jane Lampen before her death. She loved children and loved being outdoors with them, enjoying skiing, boating, golfing, and other outdoor activities. She held a special place in the hearts of many parents for staying with their children when the parents went on vacation. Over the years many people in Holland and elsewhere were the recipients of Betty's concern and care.
Betty was active first in First Reformed Church and then in Christ Memorial Church where she sang in the choir. With her innate curiosity, she loved visiting foreign countries, among them Albania, Israel, and Scandinavia. She also travelled to numerous destinations in the United States and went on three Christ Memorial mission trips to Tennessee, Florida, and Albania.
In retirement, Betty was active in the work of several Holland organizations. She was an active member of the Women's Literary Club, Century Club, HASP, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Holland Historical Society, and Evergreen Commons. Children in many Holland classrooms learned valuable lessons about water safety from Betty.
Appreciation is expressed to the staffs of Oak Crest Manor and Lakeshore Senior Care for their skillful and loving care of Betty in the last few years of her life. A memorial service for Betty will be 11 a.m, Monday, October 14, 2013 at Christ Memorial Chapel 595 Graafschap Rd. in Holland. Memorial contributions may be made to the music ministry of Christ Memorial Church. Arrangements are by Mulder Chapel-Dykstra Funeral Homes. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com