Gloria Cook

Gloria Carroll Cook

Shreveport, LA - After a lengthy illness, our world lost a beautiful person on Christmas Eve, 2012. Gloria, you were a cherished gift from our Heavenly Father. To those that had the privilege to know you, you were the rock, that one person that would give it your all. You were so well known for your kindness, your fight, your strength, and mostly, your love. You brought light to darkness. You believed in us when others didn't. It's hard to say that her family was limited because if you knew her, you were quickly family. From the poor to the rich, the young to the old, this beautiful soul understood you were special and made sure you knew it. She lived with excitement, joy, and a fire that never understood the meaning of can't or limits. Her heart was always our shelter, our peace, our place of comfort. What an example of living a life full of love. Jesus says so much about love and that's exactly what you did, you were the example, you were the director for so many of us. You also had that humor that attracts anyone, you lived with so much fun and excitement. I know your teams, LSU and the Saints lost a fan, but your biggest fans, your family and friends, lost an excellent, mother, grandmother, and friend. Often we ask, "why God, why her and why now"? But be comforted because sometimes God wants His good fruit now. So you fly high Gloria, we will miss you, yet we are comforted because your footprint will always be in our hearts and minds. You will never be forgotten. You are our heart. We love you!

Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, David James Cook III; parents, John T. Carroll and, Harriett Yancey Atanacio; brother, Johnny Carroll; and grandson, Nicholas Cook. She is survived by two sons, David J. Cook, IV and Melody and Michael A. Cook and his wife, Patrice; grandchildren, Michael Cook, Jr. and wife, Shyanna, David J. Cook, V, John T. Cook, Patrick L. Cook and Elizabeth Paige Cook; two sisters, Anita Beasley and husband, Calvin and Laura Edington and husband, Jerry; sister-in-law, Carol Mazzoni and husband, Paul; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Officiating will be Father Philip F. Michiels and Morris "Trey" Lewis. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, at Osborn Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be her family members.

The family requests that memorials be made to the .

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Medical staff of Willis-Knighton and Dr. "V" and his staff, you're the best.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2012