Cappy McNutt Rooks

Cappy McNutt ROOKS Cappy McNutt Rooks, born Janet Catherine Mauk, on August 5, 1931 in Seattle, Washington to John and Betty Mauk, passed away with her family surrounding her and a rainbow in the sky on November 11, 2010. Cappy is survived by her four children, Michael, Tico, Tom and Susan, their spouses Georgina, Lesley, Erin and Monte, her five grandchildren who gave so much meaning to her life, Chloe, Madison, Wilder, Finnegan and Kate, her husband Hal, her sister Ann and her brother John. Cappy was an inspiration, living life to the fullest regardless of the challenges she faced, and she faced many. Her indomitable and inspiring spirit was exemplified by her oft heard "Onward and Upward" as she forged ahead bravely through many of the challenges she faced through life including her fight with and survival from cancer in 1997. She dedicated her life to her family, friends, and community, volunteering in many different arenas, including organizing and running a Special Friends Program for children at Latona School, arranging flowers at St Mark's Cathedral, and bringing meals or spending time with the "elderly" and those in need, to name only a few. Cappy grew up in Seattle, attending McGilvra Elementary, St Nicholas School, Smith College and the University of Washington. She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She married Delos W McNutt in 1954, and they lived a full and loving life together until his passing in 1988. Del and Cappy raised their four children between their Capitol Hill home and their cabin on Brown Island. When her own children went off to high school and college Cappy resumed work in the Seattle School District, interpreting for deaf students and teaching children with special needs. She celebrated her "retirement" but she never stopped working. In 1992 she married Harold Rooks, and together they shared their love of the San Juans, of the symphony and for travel. Cappy was tenacious. She had a spirit of adventure, a love of gardening, travel, kayaking, fishing, hiking and sharing as many of these things as she could with family and friends. She highly valued education, art and music - she was ever in pursuit of learning new things. Cappy embodied the meaning of optimism, love of family, and appreciation for life. She got up every morning grateful for another day and for the blessings and beauty she found in even the smallest things around her. This is the legacy she leaves to her family and to all the people whose lives she touched. A celebration of Cappy's life will be held at St. Mark's Cathedral on November 20 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to either St Mark's Cathedral, Cappy McNutt Rooks Flower Fund or San Juan Preservation Trust Please sign the online guest book at: py/Homepage.aspx

Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 16, 2010