Ruth (Small) Cooke

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Ruth (Small) Cooke
BRADENTON, Fla. -- On Oct. 31, 2011, Ruth Edna (Small) Cooke passed away after a long and happy life and a short illness. She was born on Sept. 11, 1918, in Cambridge, Mass., the eldest daughter, and middle child, of R. Thomas and Nettie (McLea) Small. The family moved to New Braintree, Mass., when she was young and Ruth graduated from North Brookfield High School and then Bridgewater State Teachers College.
She married Ronald Cooke in 1944, settling in Braintree, Mass., retiring later to Saco, and Bradenton, Fla. Ron predeceased her in 2006.
Ruth had a kind and loving heart, shared generously with her extensive family, her many friends, and numerous children as a dedicated first grade teacher. She saw the potential and the good in everyone and was active in the service of others as a Sunday School Teacher; Blue Bird leader; Young Women's Club member; Deaconess; Heart Unit volunteer and in many other ways. She was currently a member of First Parish Congregational Church in Saco, and Oneco Methodist Church in Oneco, Fla.
Ruth loved many well, and was well loved by many in return. She especially loved, and took great pride in her daughters and their families: Connie and Ray Caron of Port St. Lucie, Fla., grandchildren, Beth and husband Terry Lippert, and Lindsey; Jan Kendrick of Portland, and grandchildren, Michael and fiancee Liza Conly-Dwyer, and Anna who will all miss her greatly. She is also survived by her sisters, Jean and Sheila; sister-in-law, Con; in-laws, Dorothy Cooke, Warren and Jeanne Cooke; and many nieces, nephews and their extended families. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Raymond, Roy, Charles and Wesley, her sisters, Peg and Chris; and many sisters and brothers- in-law.
Ruth will be remembered for the many ways she showed us her love, from visiting with family and friends, enjoying the ocean with us, playing Scrabble, sharing her crafts, writing letters, to including us in her prayers.
A memorial service is planned on Nov. 5, in Bradenton, Fla. A service will be planned later in Saco.
In lieu of flowers, please make
donations in Ruth's name to the Salvation Army or to either
of her churches.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 4, 2011
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