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Margaret Cook

Posted: Thursday, Jan 17th, 2013

Margaret Cook
Margaret Jean Clark Cook, 87, of Corvallis, Ore., died Jan. 6, 2013.

She was born Dec. 4, 1925 in Philomath, Ore. She was adopted by Marvin and Thelma Clark at an early age and grew up in the Blodgett–Summit area. She graduated from Kings Valley High School.

She married Lawrence Blain Cook on Oct. 18, 1943, and spent the first part of their marriage in Newport, R.I., where her husband was based in the U.S. Navy. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Lawrence and Margaret owned a tree farm in Blodgett. Their excellent stewardship of the land enabled them to expand the tree farm over the years and leave a lasting legacy for their family.

Margaret was an avid homemaker and a Lincoln County Home Extension member. She served as the chairman of the Tum Tum Precinct for years. She and her husband were among the founding members of the Blodgett Community Church, where she was active in the Dorcas Circle and helped with the Widows Luncheon program. In 1979, when the local Burnt Woods Café was in danger of closing its doors, Margaret boldly stepped up and kept it going for a year. She was involved in many arts and crafts over the years and made beautiful quilts that were much admired. She always had a garden and canned fruits and vegetables. Everyone loved her chocolate chip cookies.

After Lawrence’s unexpected death in 1983, Margaret continued in the tree farm business that they had started. She was honored for her stewardship, being named Lincoln County Tree Farmer of the Year in 1993. Margaret was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Cook; her parents, Marvin and Thelma Clark; and her sister.

She is survived by her five children, Larry (Ann), Janet (Glenn), Linda (Mark), Dale (Su) and Tom (Rose); 21 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Blodgett Community Church. Private burial will be at Blodgett Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Blodgett Community Church or Blodgett EMTs in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330. An online memorial book is available at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com

McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis is handling arrangements.

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