Obituary: Pat “Mimz” Cook
Pat Cook, “Mimz” as she was known by her beloved family and friends, passed away on June 23, 2017, in Mesa, Arizona, surrounded by her entire family. Residents of Craig for 53 years, Pat and her husband Larry would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Aug. 12.
Born in Udall, Kansas, on Oct. 4, 1930, Pat was preceded in death by her only brother Darrell, and her parents Ferne and Melvin Iverson. Pat moved to Winfield, Kansas, where she worked as a telephone operator while attending Southwestern College. She earned a degree in Elementary Education and met her husband Larry, who was attending Emporia State University. After both graduated, Larry was deployed to Japan in Army Counterintelligence, and Pat began her teaching career. They were engaged during Larry’s two year deployment and were then married on Aug. 12, 1955 in Winfield, Kansas. After living in Kansas and several towns in Colorado, Pat and Larry moved to Craig in 1963 with their son, Scott (age 6), and daughter, Kristi (age 3).
For 16 years Pat was a well-respected and loved elementary teacher in Craig. She also taught and mentored teachers in training. Pat’s other occupation was serving as the “mother” of Cook Chevrolet for over 50 years, as she and Larry worked together to build a successful family business. Her “dealership family” grew when son, Scott, built Cook Chevrolet Subaru in Steamboat Springs and then purchased the Ford dealership in Craig. During her over five decades in Northwestern Colorado, Pat also supported numerous causes and activities.
Through the years Pat enjoyed skiing, boating, reading and watching sports; especially the Broncos and her grandchildren’s games. She was passionate about traveling with family and friends, and was always ready for her next big adventure. But her all-time favorite destination was their cabin in Hahn’s Peak, Colorado, where her children, grandchildren and friends gathered. Everyone always left with a full stomach and a full heart, feeling special and loved.
By far Mimz’s most important contribution was the love, compassion and involvement she poured into her family. Words could never describe the kind of wife, mother, grandmother and friend she was. Mimz was tiny in stature but mighty in her love, loyalty, support and kindness. She will be terribly missed by her surviving family members; husband, Larry Cook of Craig; son, Scott and daughter-in-law Kelly Cook of Craig; daughter, Kristi and son-in-law Dr. Michael Kleban of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren, Dr. Shawna Kleban of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ryan Kleban of Mesa, Arizona, Brent and Brad Cook of Craig, Colorado and Britney and husband Nick Papinchak of Castle Rock, Colorado and their children Tripp, Caroline and Johnny. Pat is also survived by sister-in-laws; Elaine (Bud) Calvert, Norma (Larry) Fogarty, and Carolyn Schindel; and 7 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at 11 a.m, at the First Congregational Church in Craig, Colorado, with the Reverend Deana Armstrong officiating. Lunch at the church will follow, provided by the First Congregational members.
Those who desire may make memorial donations to the Moffat County United Way (P.O. Box 995, Craig, Colorado 81625)