1944 - 2021
Charity Cooks, age 77, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Aurora Hospital in Burlington, WI. She was born on July 10, 1944 in Macon, Mississippi to Levi and Rosie Spann. At the age of three, her family moved to Helena, AR where Charity remained until graduating high school. Upon graduation, Charity moved to Kenosha.
It was in Kenosha that she met Robert B. Cooks, and was united in marriage on June 21, 1963. Charity began art classes at technical school. After the birth of her sons, she became a full time homemaker until beginning a career at Sears in the cafe. Charity continued her education by earning a Clerical Certificate. She then transitioned to sales clerk at Sears eventually becoming a Customer Service Agent. Charity continued her career at Snap On where she eventually retired.
After retiring, Charity had time to spend on her many hobbies including painting, boating, fishing, gardening, and volunteering as a foster grandparent. She was a member of Coleman Chapel AME Church where she served on the Steward Board, Trustee Board, Missionary Society and sang in the choir. Charity loved her time at the Senior Center socializing, taking classes, and volunteering.
Charity and Robert were blessed with 45 years of marriage until his passing in 2008. They were also blessed with their three sons, Robert Cooks (Nellie Rivera), Richard (Kim) Cooks, and Ryan (Aimee) Cooks. Charity is also survived by her grandchildren, Britni Moses, Rebecca Cooks, Kyale Cooks, Janelle Cooks, Cassie Cooks, and Savannah Cooks; by her step-grandchildren, Garrett Olson and Nathan Olson, and by a great-grandchild Ava Simone Shirly.
Charity came from a family of 11 brothers and sisters. She is survived by Levi (Betty) Spann, Annie (William) Moore, Robert Spann, Henrine Joyner, Christine (Peter) Supal, Mariah (William) Buchanan, and Reverend Freddie (Carolyn) Spann. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Spann and her siblings, Charles (Mozella) Spann, Cornelius (Delores) Spann, and Eddie Spann.
Charity is survived by a myriad of nieces and nephews including Rita Conley, who she considered a daughter and her God-daughter, Alante Wallace. She was preceded in death by a step-grandson, Brandon Wilson.
The family would like to thank the paramedics and staff at Aurora Burlington Hospital who worked hard to keep Charity alive. Ultimately, it was Charity's time to meet her Creator.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Kenosha Senior Center in memory of Charity Cooks 2717 67th St, Kenosha, WI 53143. Services will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Piasecki Funeral Home in Kenosha. Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a service commencing at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Piasecki Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3720 39th Avenue 262-658-4101