Barbara Lou Cook

Barbara “Barb” Cook passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Everett with family by her side.

She was born Barbara Lou Greene on July 20, 1942 ,in Banner Elk, N.C., to Jean Akemon Greene and Homer Greene.

When she was 12, Barb and her dad traveled by bus to San Jose, Calif., where they joined other family members in a memorable relocation.

She attended junior and senior high school there and eventually met and married the love of her life, a Navy man. Robert E. “Bob” Cook.

They were married in California on May 10, 1958.

The U.S. Navy transferred the couple to duty stations in Florida, the Phillipines, China Lake and two tours to NAS Whidbey Island. During this tour of duty stations, they welcomed three sons and one daughter.

In retirement, they came back to Whidbey Island, where Bob retired in 1966.

Barb was a devoted wife, and loving mother. She loved life and any activity that involved friends and family getting together. Holding parties and picnics at her home for family and friends was always something she looked forward to. More than anything, Barb enjoyed sharing her joy for life and her love of family and friends. She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi, an active member of Alpha Beta Master Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt Nancy Akeman; brothers Sam and Terry Greene; one son, Kenneth Cook; and, of course, her never-to-be-forgotten Grannie Greene.

She is survived by her husband, Bob, at the family home; daughter Tammy Norton, Oak Harbor.; sons Tim Cook, Oak Harbor, and Jeffery Cook, Everett; and brothers Larry Greene, Sedro- Woolley, and Greg Weis, Reno, Nev.

Other survivors include grandchildren Jeremy, Ashley, Alex, Jordan and Jenny and six great-grandchildren.

Barb will be sorely missed and there will be those of us who will attempt to instill many of the positive character traits she possessed.

We love you Barb!

A service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Burley Funeral Chapel. A private graveside service will be held for family.