Lola Lee Cook, age 87, a longtime resident of the Lake Quinault/Neilton area, died on July 2, 2021, at Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Mrs. Cook was born on Sept. 26, 1933, in Ethel, Washington to Roscoe Niles and Emily Viola (Murphy) White. She was raised in Mossyrock and graduated from Mossyrock High School in 1951.
On Feb. 13, 1953, she and Lester Cook were married at her mother’s home in Mossrock. The couple lived in Mossyrock until moving to Lake Quinault in 1958. She was a talented seamstress and made all the family’s clothing. During the 1970s, she worked as a secretary for the Quinault High School and in the mid-1980s, operated her own shop in Aberdeen as a seamstress. Her greatest enjoyment came from being a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. After Lester’s death, Mrs. Cook was a greeter for the Forest Service as part of the senior citizen program. In the most recent years, she had been a resident of Brookdale Retirement Center in Ocean Shores.
Surviving relatives include her daughters Connie Obedzinski (Bob) of Olympia and Karen Vonhof of Hoquiam; a grandson, Michael Vonhof (Shannon) of Hoquiam; one sister, Donna Reed of Hoquiam; and two great-granddaughters, Rylee Vonhof of Hoquiam and Bailee Vonhof of Orlando, Florida. In addition to her husband Lester, she was preceded by a sister Leila Paduanno and a brother, Keith Wayne White.
A celebration of life is being planned for 1p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam. A reception will follow at the Hoquiam VFW, 407 7th St, Hoquiam. A private urn committal will be held at the Lake Quinault Cemetery.
Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary.
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