|Ruth grew up in North Carolina as the daughter of a Methodist minister and in 1941 married Jack Cooke, a Duke Divinity School graduate. At that time they moved to Louisiana to begin 43 years of ministry in The United Methodist Church, serving in Rodessa, Plain Dealing, Coushatta, Welsh, New Iberia, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport.
As a dedicated preacher’s wife, Ruth was active in all aspects of church work throughout her life and particularly enjoyed teaching studies on books of the Bible. She was naturally musical, played the piano by ear, and enjoyed attending concerts. She was an avid reader, having majored in English and Spanish at Greensboro College in North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her sister, Margaret Boddie; and her brothers-in-law, W. D. Boddie, Earle Cooke, and Ben Lanier. Ruth is survived by one sister, Dot Lanier of Winston Salem, North Carolina, one sister-in-law, Mary Cooke of Minden, Louisiana; three children, H. Jonathan Cooke of Dallas, Texas, Paul M. Cooke of Shreveport, Louisiana, Martha Cooke Hallquist of Greensboro, North Carolina and their spouses, Linda P. Cooke, Jane J. Cooke and Rob Hallquist; grandchildren Ginger Cooke Stancil, Jackie Cooke Burleson, Martha Cooke Fowlkes, Catherine Cooke Bowen, Richard Hallquist and Michael Hallquist; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, as well as Billie and Nancy who cared for Ruth the last year of her life.
Ruth died at home less than a week from her 88th birthday. Funeral services were held August 16, 2005 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church and interment at Forest Park West. Ruth will be remembered as a caring and devoted wife and mother and a woman of quiet substance who was respected and appreciated by all who knew her.
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|