Arlene Mae Huss Cook
February 12, 1932-November 28, 2017
Our world lost a ray of sunshine on November 28, 2017, when Arlene Cook passed away. For those whose lives she touched, Arlene was an inspiration. She was dedicated to her family, particularly her husband, Tom, of 67 years. She was very proud of their three children, eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
As an artist and world traveler, Arlene touched the lives of many, always ready with a smile, helping hand and gracious heart. Her artwork was a source of joy and pride and she shared it generously with family and friends across the globe. Those who knew here remarked not only of her generosity, but of her fierce determination, zest for life, and strong belief in always doing what was right.
She was a practical person who valued truth and honesty, strong moral values and staying true to oneself. She loved this phrase from Marcus Aurelius: “Whatever anyone else says or does, I must be true to myself, just as if gold or emerald or the color purple would say, ‘I must be an emerald and keep my color.’” She did not suffer fools lightly, but was very accepting of others, particularly those who came to her to seek advice or share their troubles.
Her open door, generous heart and graceful elegance will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind. In addition to her husband, Tom, Children (Lee, Deborah, Elizabeth), Grandchildren (Tom, Colin, Ian, Clara, Max, Jackson, Dane, Zachary) and Great Grandchildren (Kathryn, Iris), Arlene is survived by her sister (Jeanette), brother (Edward) and their families. She was also close to many others whom she considered family including her daughter-in-law (Lauren), sons-in-law (Steve, Philip), sister-in-law (Jean) and caregiver (Nancy).