Florence Williams Cook

February 10, 1925 - December 22, 2020

Florence Williams Cook peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter in Wylie, Texas on December 22, 2020 at the age of 95.  She was born on February 10, 1925 and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. Florence was a 1943 graduate of Long Branch High School. She then went into the Monmouth Memorial Hospital Cadet Corp Program and graduated as a registered nurse, RN in 1946.  The day after graduation, Florence married Jesse V Cook of Red Bank, New Jersey. They resided in Red Bank for 31 years and retired to Holiday City, Toms River, New Jersey and then to Texas for the past 10 years.

She worked at Monmouth Memorial Hospital (Long Branch), Riverview Hospital (Red Bank), Navesink Pavilion (Red Bank) and the Medicenter (Red Bank). Florence also was a volunteer with the Holiday City First Aid Squad in Toms River.

Florence leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 74 years, Jesse V Cook, retired Red Bank Police Department; daughter, Nancy Cook of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; son, Kenneth Cook and wife, Kathleen of Lanoka Harbor New Jersey; daughter, Peggy Melton and husband, Lee, her favorite “son”-in-law, of Wylie Texas with whom she lived.

She had nine grandchildren, Timothy Kennedy of New Jersey, David Fuchs of Florida, Peter Fuchs of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Mulkerin and husband, Bill of Pennsylvania, Aimee Melton of Texas, Matthew Melton of Texas, Stephen Cook of New Jersey, Ashley Salter and husband, Matthew of Alabama, and Sean Cook of New Jersey.  Florence had three great grandchildren Abigail Grone, Joesph Kennedy, Holden Fuchs; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family members and friends.

She was preceded in the death by her parents, Lewis and Ida Williams; sister, Elizabeth Steele; brothers, Norman Williams, all of Clermont, Florida, and Wesley Williams of Citrus Florida, as well as her daughter, Deborah Fuchs of Sebastian Florida.

Many thanks to all the caregivers who cared for Florence and blessed her with their love and support over the years.  As caregivers, you will never know how much your care meant to us.



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Nancy Steele Harrison , January 9, 2021 I got to know Florence, whom I have always called Grandma, soon after they moved in with Peggy and Lee. I would come and visit Grandma and Grandpop and we would just sit and talk about when they lived in New Jersey. We would look at pictures of their old days. They would always argue about who or when in the details, but they loved to share their memories. She and I would play scrabble and she almost always won. After a while it got too hard for her to move the little pieces. So we would just visit. Then a few years later I became their caretaker. I had the privilege of caring for her as she very slowly and then less slowly declined. My favorite thing was watching her smile when she was with Weston, my grandson. Not much made her smile after a while, but he did. I was sad to have to leave her, but glad we were able to visit her and that she got to get sweet kisses from my new grandson before she passed. I know Grandpop misses her terribly. Catherine Kester, January 1, 2021 I was sadden to hear the news of Mrs. Cook’s passing. My deepest condolences to Mr. Cook, my brother in law, Ken and the Cook family. Mrs. Cook’s life was a life well lived and may she fly with the angels in eternal life. God bless. Patti Corso Davies, December 24, 2020 Sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our prayers. Timmy & Freda Salter, December 24, 2020 I will miss you great grandma cook. I love you and always pray for you and other family members who are in a better place. Be safe. I hope to be a RN like you one day. Joesph Kennedy, December 24, 2020 It has been a blessing to have known and visited with you while you have been in Texas. Prayers for the family. Mike and Rai Barnett, December 23, 2020 Peace to all at this time, you are in my prayers. Janet Adams, December 23, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with the family She was an amazing woman. Ruth Gorrell, December 23, 2020 My deepest condolences to the family, Rest In Peace Mrs. Cook  -Kim Burchill
Kimberly Burchill, December 23, 2020 I enjoyed your company and eating many meals with you and the family. I enjoyed hearing your stories of life growing up. Rest In Peace. You will be missed. Leslie Wilbanks , December 23, 2020 My heartfelt condolences to you a Peggy, Lee, Matthew and Aimee. May all of your memories give you peace at this time. 
Ella Clark, December 23, 2020