Mary Alice Cooke
Mary Alice Cooke passed away peacefully in her McKinleyville home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 8, 2013 to be with her Lord Jesus.
Mary was born in Los Angeles on February 18, 1928 to Martha Ellen Winterset and James Borden Winterset. Mary grew up in the southern California sun with her older sister Donna and older brother John. She could tell many stories of “ free” fun during the Depression.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Mary began working in a local bakery in her pre-teen years to her delight, as she loved pastries. During high school she was the editor for the Baldwin Park Youth Tribune. After graduating from Covina High School in 1946, she attended MT. San Antonio College. After college she worked as a social worker, florist, and held an office position at Suburban Water Systems where she would meet her future husband W. F. “Bill” Cooke. A proposal would soon follow, and on January 8, 1954 they where married.
In November 1954 her daughter Teresa was born, followed by her son Jeff in January 1965. From 1956-1965 Mary was employed as a cosmetician for Fitzpatrick’s. While working there Mary attended many classes by Helena Rubinstein, Germaine Monteil, and other fine beauty product companies.
In 1965, she and her family relocated to rural Santa Barbara County where Bill was managing two small water companies. In 1966 Mary returned to work as a cosmetcian at Olsons where she made many women happier clearing up their complextions and teaching them proper skincare. During this time, she received two California State licenses to teach floral arrangement and self-improvement at the college level. While working at Olsons she also helped the local Mortuary open a flower shop.
In 1976 her husband’s new job as controller with Mckinleyville Community Services District brought them to McKinleyville, California where they would live the rest of their lives.
Mary applied and got a job at Daly’s department store as the Estee Lauder representative. In Mary’s time off from work she loved to can fruit, jams and jellies. She also enjoyed painting, refinishing furniture, building planter boxes out of brick, tending her dozens of roses, fruit trees, anything else that required a green thumb, and many domestic improvement projects. Mary also was an excellent seamstress and loved to design dress suits. She held her position at Daly’s until 1994, just a couple years after a pruning battle with her front yards ornamental cherry tree which forced her beautification projects and talents into a more reclined position.
During her retirement, she and Bill went on a 3-month trip of a lifetime around the US with her brother and sister-in-law Jean and Virginia York. Toward the finale of that trip, they also took a cruise to the Bahamas and returned from both with great memories and boxes of pictures. Over the years she also went on many excursions with her sister and best friend, Donna who visited her from January 2012 – January 2013 and who beat her to heaven on April 13, 2013, by 8 weeks to the day.
Mary was an extraordinary cook and continued to make great holiday dinners (and THE BEST potato salad you’ve ever had!) for her family during her early retirement years until her health limited her activities. She was an outstanding and very devoted wife, mother and grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She always said, “The good Lord hears us.” and constantly prayed for her family and friends.
Mary leaves behind her son Jeff Cooke; daughter Teresa and husband Mark Savage; granddaughters Kandace and Kyleigh Savage; nieces Karen (Cal) Howell Welbourn of Gainesville, FL and their children and grandchildren; Carol Anne (Rob) Baughman of St. Helens OR and their children and grandchildren; nephews John Jr.(Karen) Winterset of Bakersfield CA and their children and grandchildren; James (Sharon) Winterset of Wallace, ID and their children and grandchildren; sister in law Virginia York and her children; Chris (Ruth) York of Crescent City and their children and grandchildren; Mark (Deb) York of Fairfield CA; Brad (Jo) York of Conway, WA and their children; Marci (Ron) Frank of Sacramento CA and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Martha Winterset; husband W.F. “Bill” Cooke (July 14, 2007); sister Donna Howell; brother in law George Howell; brother John Winterset; sister-in- laws Eileen and Cleo Winterset; and brother-in-law Jean York.
The family would like to thank the following for their care and devotion: Dr. Beverly Copeland MD (primary care physician), Dr. Chere Edgar ND and their staff Kate LVN, Gale MA, and Holly. Dr Joanne Vipond MD of Crescent City. Dr Melissa Keene MD of Mad River Hospital wound care center. Dr. Lawrence Johanson DDS, Shirley (Mary’s wonderful hygienist), and staff. Caregivers from 2006-2010 Lorraine, Jeannie CNA, Leighanne LVN, Kat, and Hanna and from 2011-2013 Christine, Monica LVN, Missy, Lori MA, and Stephanie. We could not have managed the care of our parents without you! There will be a memorial service at the Ocean view cemetery, veterans memorial section. Officiated by Pastor Gary Loop, Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m. All are welcome. Memorial contributions can be made to World Vision Attn: Memorial or In Honor of, P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.
Thomas William Smith
Thomas William Smith, 63, died peacefully at home of natural causes in Eureka, June 1, 2013. Born in Yuba City April 5, 1950, he came to Eureka at a young age and lived in Humboldt County most of his life.
Tom was a great student of life, a voracious reader, a seeker of truth. Keenly observant, he was a gifted artist, muse, and brother to other artists of all genres. As a young man he traveled to Europe and Southeast Asia with Morris Graves. A legend in his own time, he was known informally for several years as the “Mayor of Arcata.” He was a creative cook and helped with the opening of the Larrupin’ Cafe.
Later in life he lived in Alaska for several years to help raise his son, who was the love of his life. In recent years, Tom’s life was enriched by his special friendship with Helene Rouvier. He will be remembered for his wit and blue eyes.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, William Walter Smith, and many dear friends whose memories he cherished. Mr. Smith is survived by his son Will of Monterey, his brother and great friend Rusty Ward of McKinleyville, sister Sydney Pender of Yuba City, sister Edith Feller of Susanville, brothers George Bailey and Greg Ward of Eureka, and his mother Beverly Kelley of Sutter. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, especially Raymond, Cassandra and Tessa; and step children Emily, Courtney and Ylena.
Friends and family were invited to share memories and condolences at a farewell gathering in the redwoods on June 15, 2013.Contributions for funeral expenses may be made to the Memorial Fund for Tom Smith at Coast Central Credit Union, (707) 445-8801.
Raulene Cringle was born in Forks, Washington on March 25, 1939 and moved to California in 1950. She graduated from Arcata High School in 1957 and married her husband Walter Cringle August 30 of that same year.
She was a well-known and well-loved member of her community. She was on the Advisory Board for the McKinleyville Senior Center, an active member of Soroptimist, and coordinated women’s auxiliary for Mckinleyville Little League.
Raulene had many great achievements throughout her life: she was the co-owner of Broadway Printing, was a talented artist, and an excellent seamstress. However, her proudest achievement was being the mother of her three children: John, Bruce, and Michael Cringle.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Julie and William Millsaps, her older brother AJ Millsaps, her younger sister Patsy Turner, and her son Bruce Cringle.
She is survived by her loving husband Walter Cringle, her son John, his wife Nancy, her son Michael Cringle, her brother Ron Millsaps, and his wife Sheila.
She also leaves behind her grandchildren Jeremy, Nick, and Michaela Cringle, as well as four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her good friends Arlene Bartley and Johnnie Faye Parks. Her family will be holding a memorial service in her honor on June 22, 2013 at Pierson Park from 1 p.m. to 5pm.
Dorothy Lorna Drake Adams
Dorothy Lorna (Drake) Adams, age 91, quietly passed into the presence of the Lord on June 10, 2013 while at home with her daughter and son-in-law in Ithaca, New York.
Dorothy was born November 15, 1921 in Palmerston North, New Zealand only daughter and 2nd of 4 children of Edward Wilfred and Esca Trixie (Pike) Drake.
She completed primary & secondary education in the 1920s & 1930s, enjoyed various sports, and became an accomplished swimmer during her school years winning swim contests and meets. In the 1940s, she worked as a telephone exchange operator in Palmerston North, then in Wellington. In the early 1940s, she met an American Marine, Henry George Adams, while his Marine Division was on R & R in NZ. They dated a short while until Henry’s unit re-entered active involvement in WWII, after which they corresponded with each other for 3 years and eventually were engaged.
In 1946, Dorothy left her family and native homeland to travel by ship to America where she married Henry on January 7, 1947 in Woodland, California. Here they made their first home and welcomed two children, a son and daughter, into their family. In 1952, the family moved north to McKinleyville in Northern California. Here, Dorothy raised the children and was an enthusiastic homemaker. As the children grew to school age, she “home-schooled” them during summer days to supplement their public school education. She loved gardening, spending a day at the beach, taking a walk in the redwoods, volunteering with various school activities, Cub Scouting for her son, and she became a Camp Fire Girls leader for her daughter.
She made a beautiful mosaic of the Good Shepherd for and was active in her church in McKinleyville. She enjoyed doing all sorts of needlework and crafts, and was a life-long knitter from the age of 5 years when her own mother taught her to knit. Dorothy passed along her love of knitting to her daughter at an early age and to young home-schooled children while in her 80s. She also shared her expertise during part-time work at yarn shops in Arcata,. Dorothy stitched hundreds of beautiful cross-stitch pieces over the past several decades, entering over 100 framed pieces in the Humboldt County Fair, Ferndale, most of which earned 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbons and special awards. Dorothy was a longtime member of the Humboldt County Chapter of Embroiderers Guild of America, serving as President and other positions through the years.
Camping and ocean fishing were among activities enjoyed by Dorothy and the family. After the children were grown, Dorothy and Henry continued camping with friends in the Ishi Pishi Trailer Club, affiliated with Good Sams Clubs, where Dorothy served in various offices. Dorothy continued to live in her home in McKinleyville after her husband of 49 years passed in 1996. In 2009, health issues prevented her from continuing to live alone, so she moved to Ithaca in June 2009 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. What a blessing these four years together have been! Survivors include a son Bruce Henry (Barbara) Adams, MO; daughter Coralie Lorna (David) Gahn, Ithaca, NY; grandchildren Amanda (Joseph) Miller, MO, Gary Adams, MO; great-grandchildren Lewis, Caterina, Dominic, Giavonni, Isabella, Austyn, all in MO; two younger twin brothers, Basil (Joan) Drake, NZ, Neville (Peggy) Drake, NZ; nieces and nephews; dear friends in NZ: Flora and Imelda, and in CA: Virginia, Elaine, Laurie & Allan, Sheila & children, Jaffa, Carolyn.
Dorothy was preceeded in death by her husband, father, mother, and older brother Maurice Drake.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ann Costello and staff, Cayuga Medical Center nursing staff, and Hospicare of Tompkins County for their care of and kindness toward Dorothy.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Wagner Funeral Home, 110 S. Geneva St., Ithaca, on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 11:00 am, the Rev. Michael Paris officiating. Flowers may be delivered to the funeral home. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850; or to Hospice of Humboldt County, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA 95501 or Humboldt Area Foundation. A memorial and/or committal service and interment in Eureka will be at a later time at the convenience of the family.