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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alberta Helen Cook, age 84, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died early Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. She was born in Fort Scott on Sept. 8, 1928, along with a twin brother, Albert, to parents Albert Hugh and Jessie May Johnson. On Sept. 9, 1946, she married Amos Cook who preceded her in death following more than fifty years of marriage. Over the years, she was active in caring for the family farm and livestock, and enjoyed extensive travel after Amos retired. They had great adventures in life. Known to her nieces and nephews as "Aunt Bertie," and to the grandchildren as "Grandma Honey," it was evident she loved all children. During the years, several nephews lived with her. Even friends of her grandchildren called her "Grandma Honey" wherever they met. She was quick to provide a home cooked meal for anyone who graced her home. Amos and Alberta were members of the Good Sam's Camper Club and traveled throughout the United States. They were proud of their badges and buttons from each campground and state, displaying them on a Good Sam's vest. She was a member of the Community Christian Church and Ladies Auxiliary and served as a Blue Bird Group leader and 4-H leader when her children were growing up. She was dedicated to her family.

Surviving are her greatest joys in life, her children, Ann Stark and husband Leon, Diann Tucker and husband Raymond, and Garry Cook and wife Karen, all of Fort Scott; as well as her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Betty Duren, Fort Scott; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Her twin brother died at age 3. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by brothers Earl L. Johnson, Mearl L. Johnson, Edgar Leroy (Roy) Johnson, Robert W. (Bob) Johnson, and Paul M. Johnson; as well as a sister, Bertha Johnson.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Community Christian Church. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either Tri-Valley or Community Christian Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.