Estella Cook

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Estella Cook died April 4, 2014, at Westlake Village Skilled Nursing Home in Westlake, Ohio. Mrs. Cook, 104, was the wife of Prof. Clifford Cook. She was a native of Crestline, Ohio, where she met her future husband when they both played in their high school orchestra and string quartet — she on cello and he on violin.

The Cooks were married in 1934, and their daughter Marilou was born in 1936. They lived in Texas, Alabama, and in Oberlin from 1948 to 1974. After the retirement of Prof. Cook from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, in 1974 they moved to Clearwater, Fla., where they lived until moving to Westlake in 1994 to be near family. Prof. Cook died in 1997.

While living in Oberlin, Mrs. Cook was a member of the First Church and active in the Women's Association. She was a member of the Oberlin Woman's Club, Sorosis, and Faculty Wives Club and was president of all three. In 1974 she was awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the Oberlin Woman's Club.

The Cooks' life together was filled with love and family and music. They played in string trios all over Texas and Alabama, and on the radio in both states. Their travels usually involved music, including two trips to Japan, which resulted in Prof Cook starting a Suzuki violin program at Oberlin. Several times they hosted Dr. and Mrs. Suzuki and other Japanese members of Suzuki Talent Education as houseguests in their home. In Clearwater they were strong supporters of a new performing arts center.

Mrs. Cook is survived by her daughter, Marilou Lancashire and son-in-law Richard; granddaughter Jennifer Zapfe (Gerald); grandsons Jeffrey Lancashire (Zulma) and Douglas Lancashire (Maria); eight great-grandchildren; and two nephews. A private memorial service will be held at the Westlake United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Arrangements be handled by Jenkins Funeral Chapel, Westlake.

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Published in The Oberlin News Tribune from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014