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Etta Cook

December 18, 1918 - June 22, 2010


Cook, Etta Lois (Jones)

Born December 18, 1918 at Horsefly, B.C., passed away in Duncan, June 22, 2010 with family at her side.
Etta was born in a log cabin near Horsefly, B.C. When she was five years old her family moved to Victoria. She graduated from Mount Douglas High School, attended Craigdarroch College (Victoria University) followed by St. Joseph’s School of Nursing; (1941)
She loved all sports and excelled at sprinting, tennis and basketball.
In June 1941, She went to work at St. Anne’s Hospital , Juneau Alaska, followed by Vancouver, Washington and then to Port Angeles, Washington. In 1944 the American Army needed nurses so she enlisted.
Basic training started at Camp White Oregon. On August 31 she was sent to the vascular ward at Madigan General Hospital, Fort Lewis and then to Dewitt General Hospital in Auburn, California. Shortly after Christmas she received overseas orders and was moved to the Presidio, San Francisco at Letterman General. She deployed on the cruise liner, the Monterey. Along with five thousand on board, comprising of three complete hospital units and replacements for different military divisions she left San Francisco with no known destination. They were issued winter wool clothing so they thought they were going to Siberia. After 31 days at sea with no land in sight, Etta was in the Philippines, helping set up the 313th Field Hospital. She worked on the surgical wing and then became night supervisor. When the war ended in August it became the repatriation hospital for the POW’s. In March 1945, she left the army as a First Lieutenant with Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star.
She then returned to Victoria and took her mother to Boston where she worked for a year before returning to Seattle work then back to Victoria to marry and raise a family. She returned to work for three years at an extended care hospital in Victoria before retiring and building a new home and 5 acre rhododendron garden near Duncan B.C. She loved to share her garden with family, friends and feral cats and she hosted many tours for numerous local, national and international garden and ARS members. She is a member and Bronze medal holder of the American Rhododendron Society. One of her greatest joys was receiving a rhodo named after her.
Etta was predeceased by her husband, Gregory Crawford Cook and brother Ray Jones. She is lovingly remembered by her family, sister Elena Chambers, Spokane Wash., brother Alexander Jones, Vancouver B.C., children Alexander( Sharon) and granddaughter Alexis Sydney.; Ruth, and Steven , She also leaves numerous extended family members and many valued friends.
At Etta’s request there will be no service,…she wished all her friends to spend the time enjoying life. Her chosen words for you
Miss me—But Let me Go
When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little, but not too long, And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that once we shared, Miss me but let me go
For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart, Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me but let me go.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The War Amps of Canada, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa Ont. K1V 0C4 or Cowichan Cat Rescue Society, PO Box 677, Duncan. BC, V9L 3Y1 or choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: James and Cindy Little
Relation: Friend

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of your mother.

We wanted to let you know that we share our deepest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened. We want to send our condolences to you and all your family.

James and Cindy Little

From: Bill and Brenda Dumont
Relation: Fellow rhodoholics

Ruth – our thoughts are with you. Etta was a special person and we celebrate a life well-lived. She didn’t know us well, but she was gracious, humourous (a great combination!), and generous with her time, her plants and her knowledge. My parents still remember the garden tour and the skunk cabbage and cats! The Rhodo community everywhere is short one illustrious and valued member.

From: Shirley MacFarlane
Relation: friend in the rhododendron club

Dear Ruth & family Your mother was a wonderful women, and I am sorry for your loss. Regards Shirley MacFarlane

From: Penny Stephenson
Relation: friend of family

To Alex, Ruth and Steven, I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May I offer my deepest condolences. Your mom was such a gracious lady and I know my mom so enjoyed her lovely New Year’s dinners and connecting with her at the Belmont lunches. Their friendship certainly goes back a long time. Penny

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