Edrea Mildred Cooke, 99, passed away in her home at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City on April 14, 2018. She was an Olathe, Kansas farm girl born on January 17, 1919 to Dean and Madge Lorimer. She graduated from Olathe High School and then attended Sterling College where she met her future husband, Charles Cooke. After receiving her teaching degree in 1938, she taught in a one-room school house in Olathe for two years before marrying and becoming a homemaker. Edrea was the beloved wife of 67 years to the late Charles Wilken Cooke. They were united in marriage on August 28, 1940 in Olathe. She was the devoted mother to Dennis Cooke and Linda (Cooke) Johnson, grandmother to Charli (Johnson) Sumpter, Echo (Cooke) Lee, Lacy Cooke, Mike Wolf and Matt Wolf, and great grandmother to 12. She was a wonderful homemaker, an involved parent and caregiver, a strong supporter of persons with special needs, a forever Presbyterian with a deep faith in God. She loved music, theatre, knitting, crocheting, reading, painting and above all, her family. Edrea is survived by her son Dennis Cooke and his wife Rhonda and her daughter Linda Johnson, four grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, brother Wayne Lorimer and sister Esther Franke. Her memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 18th at 1:30 p.m. at the Winfield Presbyterian Church. Carlson Colonial Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Edrea’ s name may be directed to the Winfield Presbyterian Church or the First Presbyterian Church, El Dorado. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Edrea at www.carlsoncolonial.com.
Donations may be made to:
First Presbyterian Church
400 W. Central, El Dorado KS 67042
Winfield Presbyterian Church
1101 Millington St, Winfield KS 67156