03/02/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Prayers for Mickie


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We interrupt our regularly scheduled Newsletter to urgently request your prayers on behalf of Mickie Settles Cook ('66)
of VA
, who suffered a class five brain aneurysm yesterday.

   I just received a phone call from Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA) who passed along this request from Mickie's husband,
Bobby Cook ('67).

   We have very few details for you concerning her condition at this moment - I will go back and amend this page as they arrive -
but for the moment we do know that among you all there are some mighty prayer warriors, and we would request your fervent
faith and prayers on sweet Mickie's behalf.

   Here's an image taken by Chip Clark ('65) of Northern VA of Mickie receiving her NNHS diploma.  (Thanks, Chip!)

June 1966

   Thank you, Bill, for calling - and thank you all.  Y'all are the very best!

From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 03/02/05:

Hi, Carol,

Sorry I have been so long in sending anything in. Between the horses, work and the continuing clean-up of my property
from the hurricanes, and my own grieving period, I have been very busy.

I just wanted to send my condolences to Mickie and her family and hope and pray that she will recover fully.  I have referred
her name and condition to my local church, Orange Creek Campvile United Methodist, for inclusion in their prayer chain.
May God be with her and her family in this difficult time.

   Thanks so much, Jimmy!  We all really appreciate that.  And best of everything to you, too.

From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 03/02/05:

(Mickie) is at Sentara in Hampton. The number is 757-736-1340. Her condition is serious. She is in the critical care unit.
That is all I could find out..... I am going to call the hospital tomorrow morning. I'll let you know what I find out.


Cuz Pam

   Thank you, Cousin Pam.  I remember what good friends you and Mickie were back in high school.  So many people have her  -
and her family - in their prayers right now.

From David Whitley ('68) of VA - 03/03/05:

Hey, I didn't know Mickie, but I went to school with Bobby forever (at least from Briarfield Elementary 
on through NNHS).
I'll certainly keep her, Bobby and family in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks, Carol.

   Thank you, David!  That means a great deal to many, many people.

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 03/03/05:

Hi Carol, 

My heart and prayers go out to Mickie Settles Cook…we are projecting white light around her…my wife Denise spent
6-1/2 on the operating table in Jan 2000 when she had a brain aneurysm…God bless Mickie and her family!

…and thanks for providing the wonderful service to us all…


   Oh, my goodness!  Thank you for sharing that with us, Paul - and thanks for your prayers and concern as well.

 From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/03/05, 7:04 PM:

   Janice (Poole) Mallory ('66 - of VA) was just informed by Steve Kiger ('66 - of VA) that Mickie Settles Cook
will be taken off of life support tomorrow, Friday, March 4th.  After extensive testing, it was determined that there is no
brain activity.  However, Mickie had the forethought to think of others before her time ended here on earth.  She is giving
the gift of life through organ donation. 
    We are losing a wonderful person but she will live on in our hearts.  I know that all of your will have Bobby and the children
in your prayers during this difficult time. 
    We had a "Alumni Girl's Night Out" last Thursday, February 24th at Mike's place in Newport News.  I am attaching a picture
of Mickie that Janice took that evening.  She really had a good time that night and it was wonderful seeing her.  I am so
thankful that the girls had an opportunity one last time to give her a big hug.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
I do not have any other information at this time about a funeral or a memorial service.  However, as soon as I do I will send
out that information.  
    Here is Mickie and Bobby's address:
        7 Terrace Drive
        Hampton, VA  23661

   Thank you, Dee.  Words are quite inadequate to express my sorrow at this moment.

From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 03/03/05:

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you will see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
      Some of you say, " Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, " Nay, sorrow is the greater."
      But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
                                                                                                            Kahlil Gibran
                                                                                                            " The Prophet"
      Carol and Dee, thanks for keeping us informed. We are all Typhoons forever and Mickie will surely be missed by those of us lelt behind. May we continue to pray for her and her family during this sad and painful season.
                                                                                                                                            God bless you,

   Thank you, Bill.  I appreciate your kindness, as I'm sure we all do.

From Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN - 03/04/05:

I'm very sad to hear about Mickie. Though I've not seen her since we were in school together, I remember her as a wonderful,
caring and beautiful lady. I know she will light up the heavens with her wonderful smile. My sincere condolences to her husband,
Charlie Phillips

   Thank you so much, Charlie.  I just keep remembering how much more fun everything was when Mickie was there.

From Paul Dobie ('66) of CO - 03/04/05:

Carol and Dee:

I am deeply saddened to learn of Mickie’s passing…though being away for so long I will never forget the beautiful smile…

God bless her and her family…


   Thank you, Paul.  I don't think anyone who ever knew Mickie will forget that wonderful smile!

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/04/05:

Hi Carol: 
So very sad about Mickie.  I remember her from drama in our senior year!  She was so bubbly and fun.  I can hardly
wrap my mind around this and pray for her husband and family.  I know how hard it is, having been there when I was 19
when we lost my dad.  We must ALL take care of ourselves! 
Love ya!  Sarah
 Cast of Fall (1964) Play, "Take Her, She's Mine"

   That's so true, Miss Sarah!  Thanks.

From the Daily Press, Saturday, March 5, 2005:

Mickie Jane (Settles) Cook

HAMPTON - Mickie Jane (Settles) Cook, 57, a 1966 graduate of Newport News High School, died Thursday, March 3, 2005.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/5/2005.
Bob, Our prayers are with you and your family.
Terry & Katt New (Virginia Beach, VA ) - March 5, 2005
To Mickie's family, we send our love and sympathies. It is so hard to let go of those we love. I am so thankful that I was able to see Mickie
last Thursday one last time. I cherish memories of NNHS and Mickie is a part of that--always.
Judy (Phillips) Allen (Newport News, VA ) - March 5, 2005
Bobby, we continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
William Hobbs (Northern VA ) - March 5, 2005
Bob, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Jane was a wonderful friend and did a lot for our community
Homer Purcell (Wicomico, VA ) - March 5, 2005
Bob, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill Green (Hampton) - March 5, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jeanne (Wilkins) Jones (Honolulu, HI ) - March 5, 2005

From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 03/05/05:

This past week has been difficult for me with the loss of people we all loved.  For me, it doesn't seem to matter if were
ever that close, but the fact that we were in NNHS halls together.   My thoughts and prayers are with Mickie's family. 
None of us know how quickly we can leave this world. I am so proud of Mickie's family for supporting her decision
for Organ Donation.  That is not always an easy decision for family's to make.  It is truly the only living gift we can give
to each other. 

   Thank you, Linda.  it's certainly been a very sobering time.  And you're right - Organ Donation is often a difficult decision.

From the Daily Press, Sunday, March 6, 2005:
Image courtesy of http://www.mem.com

Mickie Jane (Settles) Cook

HAMPTON - Mickie Jane (Settles) Cook, 57, was taken home to the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2005, after a short illness.
Born in Herrin, Ill., Mickie had been a Peninsula resident most of her life. She was a 1966 graduate of Newport News High
School and attended the University of Chicago. Mickie took great pride in her job where she served as the Regional Director
for the Office of Refugee and Immigration Services. During her time with the refugees, she re-settled hundreds of families from
war-torn countries from around the globe. She will be greatly missed. A beloved wife, mother, daughter and grandmother, she
leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Robert P. Cook; children, Michael R. Ramsey of Newport News, Benjamin G.
Hanna of Atlanta, Ga., Amy Milanese of Athens, Ga., Sara Elizabeth Cook of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Erin Ray of Defuniack
Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Katie and Brooke Milanese, Jacob and Hanna Ray and Michael J. and Samantha M. Ramsey;
parents, Betty and George Ramsey of Hampton; and brothers, Kenneth Settles of Iraq and Johnnie Ramsey of Hampton. A service
to celebrate Mickie's life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Monk
officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral
home. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.com to share tributes or words of comfort. Expressions of sympathy may take the
form of contributions to the Office of Refugee and Immigration Services, 1615 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA 23661. Arrangements
are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/6/2005.
Bob, our hearts go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Earl and Nancy Bowry (Chesapeake, VA ) - March 6, 2005
Bob and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God has a new angel in heaven and her name is Mickie. She was so proud of her work with the refugees and she shared many stories with me. Last Thursday night, February 24, 2005, I had the pleasure spending the evening out with her during our "NNHS girls night out". We will miss her very much. Gone - but never forgotten.
Janice & Wayne Mallory (Hampton, VA ) - March 6, 2005

From Sharon Adcock Huskisson ('66) of TN - 03/07/05:

I didn't know Mickie Settles that well, but am praying for her family.

  Thank you, Sharon.

From Mickie's Husband, Bob Cook ('67) of VA - 03/07/05:

I would like to thank you and all our classmates for your comfort to me and our family in this time of trial.
The web page was wonderful.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Yours Truly,
Bob Cook

    Oh, Bobby - I just wish we could have done more.  You remain in our constant thoughts and prayers.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 02/10/05
Thanks, Dave!

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