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Nancy Barber Cook

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Nancy Barber Cook

Memphis, TN

It is with heavy heart that our family announces the passing of Nancy Barber Cook at the age of 93. She was a beloved mother of three, grandmother to four and loyal friend to many in the Memphis community and beyond. Former Mrs. Edward Willingham Cook, she was born in Ashland, Kentucky, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Barber. She subsequently lived in Gulfport, Mississippi then Jackson, Mississippi before moving to Memphis at age 12. She attended and graduated from Miss Hutchison's School for Girls and then graduated from Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia where she majored in biology and was the May Queen.

She will always be remembered for her competitive spirit at the bridge table and on the golf course as well as for her grace, style and beauty that distinguished her throughout her life. With a naturally curious and eager mind, daily readings ranging across finance, politics, medicine, art, fashion, and travel kept her abreast of the most current opinions and events. She is perhaps most widely remembered for her gracious hospitality at Cotton Plant Farms in Germantown, Tennessee where she raised her three children and immersed them in equestrian activities and fostered their love and respect for nature. She proudly served her country during World War II as a medical researcher investigating malaria. She was also an active member of the Memphis Garden Club where she routinely volunteered in assisting members with their entries. Her wit, humor, and intelligence were with her right up until the end.

She is survived by her three children; Edward Willingham Cook, Jr. of Clearwater, Florida; Everett Richard Cook II (Helen) of New York City; and Barbera Brooks Jones of San Francisco. She also leaves four grandchildren: Everett Richard Cook III (Kristin); Conor Willingham Cook; Charlotte Colville Brooks and Elsabet Tesdorf Jones. Family and friends will forever hold dear to their hearts the joy and inspiration she provided them throughout their lives.

A private memorial service will be held at St. John's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38117.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 29, 2017
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