Almeda Ellen (nèe Kelso) Cook, 98, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. She was a resident of Bonita Springs for 26 years; last 17 years was spent in Southern Pines Community.
She was born on June 8, 1920 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lawrence Otis Kelso and June Melissa (nèe McClure) Kelso.
She graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis on June 8, 1938. Her father passed away on Sunday, June 10, 1938. He was only 55 years old. She went to Indiana Business College where she became a secretary in an insurance company. It was there that she met Floyd F. Cook, attorney. After WWII, they were married in 1946. They began their life together in Kokomo, Indiana. She was his secretary for his law practice. They lived on a farm that was great for raising their family. She saw many changes in her lifetime. She remembered when cars began getting mass produced, televisions replacing radios and refrigerators replacing ice boxes. She saw washing machines, electric typewriters and furnaces replacing coal. Later, she watched computers and space age develop. She watched shuttle launches and a man walk on the moon. She was also there to see the Great Depression and WWII.
She was a member of the Christian Science Society of Kokomo and then Bonita Springs. She was also a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. She was very active in the church as a reader and Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed a lifetime of playing cards-Bridge, Hand & Foot and Euchre, making the dearest of friends. She was a seamstress, making clothes, drapes, alterations and costumes for local community productions.
She is survived by her children Douglas (Linda) Cook, of Noble, Oklahoma; Phyllis (Terry) Boyd, of Bonita Springs, Florida; Janice Cook, of Greentown, Indiana; and Gary (Norico) Cook, of San Diego, California, her grandchildren Katy and Brian, Philip, and Kellie and Kelso and her great-grandchildren Zackery and Darcy. Almeda is preceded in death by her two brothers, Gene and David as well as a sister, Geneva, who died as an infant.
Almeda had a life worthy of celebration! She was loved by family and friends. She was strong, gentle and incredible to those fortunate enough to know her.
There are no services planned.