Carbondale – Beverly M. Cook, 81, passed away 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Manor Court of Carbondale surrounded by all her loving family.
Beverly was born December 28, 1934 in West Frankfort to Cletis and Sybil (Broy) Mathis. She was raised in West Frankfort by her mother Sybil and step-father, Kenneth Wilson. She graduated from Frankfort Community High School and married John P. Cook in 1952. They had two children together, Gregory and Tedra. Roger Parks came to live with them in 1967 and became a member of their family. Beverly attended SIUC where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Beverly worked at Carbondale Community High School for 31 years where she taught English starting in 1963 until her retirement in 1994. She was a long time member of IEA-NEA. After retirement she worked at many free-lance jobs and was also employed part time by Kirlins Hallmark for 28 years where she enjoyed taking part in the Hallmark Ornament Club activities. Beverly’s love of Greek Mythology took her on trips to Europe to further her knowledge for teaching. She especially enjoyed her trips abroad that included her children.
Beverly is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Nancy Cook of Makanda and Roger and Susan Parks of Makanda; one daughter and son-in-law, Tedra and Michael Miller of Murphysboro; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Nancy Wilson of St. Louis, MO and Russ and Pat Mathis of Vienna; seven grandchildren and spouses, Chad and Amileth Brooks, Heath and Lindsey Brooks, Jacob and Brittany Cook, Jared and Ellen Cook, Carly Cook, Dustin Parks, J. D. Parks and fiancé Amanda Jones, as well as 15 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John Wilson and Ed Mathis.
A memorial service in her memory will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September, 24, 2016, at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale with Rev. Paul Hicks officiating. Visitation will be from 9 until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.