Leona E. Cook

Leona Estelle Cook, age 86, of Philip, died Wednesday evening, March 30, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday, April 5, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Maureen Palecek, organist. Ushers were Scott Brech and Grady Crew. Pallbearers were Roger Fortune, Melvin and Larry Smith, Larry Cvach, Dana Iversen and Jerry Johannesen.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip with Rush Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Leona Estelle Shook was born April 4, 1918, at Belvidere, SD, the daughter of Tilden and Estella (Miles) Shook.

As a baby, she moved with her parents and sisters to the South Creek area, northeast of Kadoka, SD. The family eventually moved to a homestead about five miles southwest of Kadoka, where she grew up near the Badlands. She received her elementary education in rural schools in that area prior to graduating from Kadoka High School in 1935. After graduation, Leona did typing for N.Y.A. and waited tables in several hotels and restaurants in Kadoka and Murdo.

Leona was united in marriage to Ohmer D. Cook on August 5, 1938, at Buffalo, SD. They moved to a farm-ranch two miles west of Cottonwood, SD, where they lived together for 57 years, raising two sons, Rodney O. and Jerald L. Cook.

Leona attended teacher's training classes at Spearfish and took many extension classes until graduating from Black Hills State College in 1972 with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She taught rural school in Jackson, Haakon, Pennington, and Stanley counties and grade school at Cottonwood and Interior. Her teaching career spanned 21 years.

Her husband, Ohmer, preceded her in death on March 31, 1995.

Leona continued to live on the farm-ranch west of Cottonwood until moving into Philip in 1998.

Leona was a member of the United Church of Philip, a member of the South Dakota Retired Teachers Association, a 4-H leader and a member of the Interior Current Events Club.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sons, Rodney Cook and his wife, Mary, of Quinn, and Jerald Cook and his wife, Andrea, of Cottonwood; four grandchildren, Wendy Madsen and her husband, Jeff, of Kadoka, Jeremy Cook and his wife, Charity, of Rapid City, Janice Chataignier and her husband, Tom, of Paris, France, and Robert Cook of Rapid City; four step-grandchildren, Alice, Mary, Pete and Bill; seven step-great-grandchildren; one sister Doris Herring of Sturgis, South Dakota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Ohmer, Leona was preceded in death by her parents and two half-sisters, Elizabeth Shook and Harriette Cooney Osborn.