Mae Frances Barkley-Cook

Irving, Texas

1927 - 2008


Irving, Texas


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MAE FRANCES BARKLEY-COOK was born September 4,1927 in Bastrop, Louisiana, the second and youngest child born to the union of Mrs. Mamie Moore-Barkley, an educator and Reverend l. L. Barkley, an African Methodist Episcopal Minister. Mae Frances and her older sister were reared by their mother and devoted grand¬mother, Mrs. Mariah Greenberry. Observing Christian principals, achieving educational goals and, above all, following the "Golden Rule" for daily living was instilled during their childhood. As a young student, Mae attended both Sunday School and BYPU at her family church, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church; she was the pianist for the Sunday School Program. Mae was a talented soprano soloist. She began her education singing in the school choir at Morehouse Parish Training School. After high school graduation, she attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia participating in both the Mass Choir and the Glee Club. Later, Mae attended Grambling University in Grambling, Louisiana earning a B. A. Degree in Secondary Education, and a Masters Degree in Language Arts and Literature from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mae Frances married Robert Cook (preceded her in death) and to their union were born four children: Robert Jr., Raphael (preceded her in death), James and Cynthia Marie. Mae enjoyed the challenge of educating young minds. She was one of the first teachers in the Headstart Program in the Seattle Public School District. Her knowledge and skills have touched the lives of many students from pre-school through high school, beginning with Morehouse Parish Training School in Bastrop, Louisiana on to Garfield High School and Stevens Elementary School in Seattle, Washington and finally in New Orleans, Louisiana at St. Augustine Catholic School. Mae Frances Barkley-Cook leaves to mourn her passing: her children, Robert M. (Diane), Minneapolis, James C., Irving, Texas, Cynthia M. Cook, Minneapolis; Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Great Great Grandchildren; sister T. Marie Floyd (F.L.), Seattle, Washington; 8 nieces, 5 nephews, and her favorite cousins Mrs. Olive Fisher (Joseph), Denver, Colorado and Mrs. Myrtle Hogg, Bastrop, Louisiana. Mae will be forever missed by her family and friends. Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Greater Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church with interment to follow at St. John Cemetery in Bastrop. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home in Irving, Texas.

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