Ella Cooke, 96, died Saturday, April 19, 1997 at the Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines, Wash., where she has been a resident for 9 years. She was born Jan. 1, 1901 in Hawkins County, Tenn. She came to the Ellensburg Valley with her parents, Edward and Julia Harrel, as a small child.
She and her husband, Budd Cooke who preceded her in death, lived in the Colockum Pass area north of Ellensburg for over 40 years. She loved to do crafts and handiwork.
Before her move to the coast, she belonged to Jolly Neighbors and to the Country Mothers Club. She was a member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, serving as Noble Grand twice and of Grace Chapter OES.
Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Loretta and Jean Wilson of Belfair; four grandchildren, Rod Malone ad his wife Molly, Eugene Ore, Steve Wilson and his wife Susan, Snohomish, Gayle Padvorac and her husband Andy, Kirkland, Tim Wilson and his wife Nancy, Sumner; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother William Harrel of Ellensburg.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Steward and Williams Chapel in Ellensburg. Rev. Charles Henney will officiate. Burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. o 4:30 p.m.
The family has suggested that memorials may be made to the Masonic Retirement Center Endowment Fund, 23660 Marine View Dr., Des Moines, WA 98198.