Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Cook
Friday 5th of February 1926 - Saturday 5th of June 2021
The family of Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Cook is greatly saddened to announce her passing on June 5th at Saint Joseph Hospital following a brief illness. She was 95 and lived in the greater Lexington area her entire life.
Libby was born at a family home on Briar Hill Road on February 5th, 1926, the daughter of Elizabeth Helen (nee Kelley) and Ernest Talbert Cook. She grew up on different tobacco farms around Lexington, where her father worked as both a farmer and foreman and her mother looked after the family. Libby graduated from Lafayette High School and briefly attended the University of Kentucky before dropping out to care for her ailing mother. She later became an accountant and worked for many years in Lexington where she built a strong and loyal client base.
Although Libby loved traveling and spending time with loved ones in Colorado and Virginia, she always felt most happy in her beloved Bluegrass State. She will be remembered for her warm and mischievous smile, peerless bourbon balls, never missing a birthday no matter how far away her loved one was (and never forgetting to dutifully tuck a $5 bill in the card for the young ones), and her unmatched Thanksgiving and Christmas Day celebrations. More importantly, she will always be known for her limitless love and fondness for her family and friends.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother and only sibling Kelly Francis Cook, who served as a combat pilot in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and who was reported Missing-in-Action in 1967. Although his remains were never recovered Libby kept his memory alive throughout throughout the rest of her life.
Left to cherish her memory are her nieces, nephews, cousins and their children - too many to list but who all hold her dear to their hearts.
Visitation today, June 8th, 4-6pm at Milward-Southland. Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 9th, 10am at Pax Christi Church, followed by interment next to her parents and her brother's memorial marker in Calvary Cemetery. Father Larry Hehman will officiate, at Libby's request.
The greater Cook family would like to extend special thanks to Lona and Frank Kelley, Carol and Huie Yang, Kate and Jim Cundy, and Janet Evans, all of whom provided ongoing care and support for Libby, particularly during the pandemic when conditions made it difficult for other members of her extended family to see her when it mattered the most. Your care and consideration for her will always be greatly appreciated and long remembered.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Libby's memory to the Pax Christi Church Building Fund, ITN Bluegrass Transportation, or the Kentucky Talking Book Library.
Nora Reister Prescottsays
I was so very saddened to hear of Libby’s death. Libby was the niece of Margaret Dwelley and Margaret was a dear friend of my mother, Alice Dougherty Reister, for decades. From the time I was a young girl I would visit Margaret with my mother and Libby was always so positive and sweet to me. I remember the holidays when Libby made her famous bourbon balls and fudge and I was always a willing taste tester. After Margaret passed away Libby moved off on her own and I was able to visit her just a few times after I moved out of Kentucky. I will cherish all the warm memories of her amazing positivity..and of course the amazing bourbon balls. I send my heartfelt condolences to all her family and friends.
Pat and Jim Johnsonsays
Mary was a member of my Monday morning Weight Watchers class for many years. She was a special lady and a good friend. My sympathy to her family. Sincerely, Pat Johnson
A wonderful lady was she,,,,,,,,,,I was her landlord & he & niece), can't remember her name were and remembered when 1967 officers came to the property to advise her about her brother missing in action.....Lovely family....... May God..Bless You All.....lMrs Lewis Sargent on Geenbriar Road many many years ago....