10/26/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Sharon "Kitty" Cook

Sharon Leila Cook
(22 Jan 1951 - 17 Oct 2005)

Newport News High School Class of 1969

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news.  Sharon Leila Cook, Class of 1969, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2005.

From Donnie Morris ('67) of VA - 10/18/05:


It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Sharon Leila Cook ('69) on 10/17/05.
She had a courageous 3 year battle with lung cancer .

Donnie Morris ('67)

   Oh, noooo, Donnie!  I am so sorry to hear that!  There has been so much sadness lately.  I didn't see her
obituary published in the Daily Press today, so I'll look for it tomorrow, and write her Memorial Newsletter

   Meanwhile, we extend our deepest sympathies to Sharon's family and friends.

   Thank you for relating this to us, Donnie. 

From Donnie Morris ('67) of VA - 10/26/05:


Here is Sharon Cook's obituary.  It was posted by our daughter Lissa.  Sorry to not get back
to you sooner.

Donnie ('67)

   Thank you so much, Donnie.  I'm so sorry I did not find this myself before I left to visit the peninsula.

   Once again let me express my sincerest sympathies to Sharon's friends and family.  I knew her
brother, Harvey ('65) at NNHS.


Sharon Leila 'Kitty' Cook

HAMPTON - Sharon Leila 'Kitty' Cook, a longtime Peninsula resident, passed on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at home in the presence of her children. She fought a courageous battle against cancer and has come out the victor. Sharon was born in Elk Pak, N.C. on Jan. 22, 1951. She was the daughter of Jacqueline T. Cook and was preceded in death by Harvey J. Cook Sr. She is survived by her children, Lissa Morris of Hampton, Justin Cropper and Kerry Buchman of Los Angeles, and Melissa Hodge of Hampton; the sister of Richard and Nancy Cook of Palm Bay, Fla., and Harvey J. Cook Jr. and the late Patricia Cook of Navarre, Fla.; her grandchildren, Destiny Morris and Christian Dermandy (due any day now.) From the age of five, she had been a resident of the Peninsula and graduated from Newport News High School in 1969. In 1972, the Newport News Chapter of the American Business Women's Association named her Woman of the Year. In 1978, she accepted the position of President of the Peninsula Apartment Council Association. She continued working in Apartment and Property Management through 2002. At the time of her diagnosis, she was working as an Office Administrator for Monumental Life Insurance in Newport News. Until the time of her illness, she was an active member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God. The family would like to thank the Riverside Hospice nurses who have gone above and beyond their call of duty. We would especially like to thank Marianne Pasake, RN, who was not only Sharon's nurse, but a friend as well. She has become a permanent member of our family; our love and gratitude overflows. Mary Evans was a ray of sunshine every time she visited the house. The family will be celebrating Sharon's life from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22, at Huntington Park, shelter #3 overlooking the water. The family welcomes any and all family and friends to stop by to celebrate and remember Sharon with us. In lieu of flowers, Sharon has requested that donations be made to Destiny Morris' education. Checks or money orders may be mailed directly to Bethel Christian School with attention made to Destiny Morris at P.O. Box 9128, Hampton, VA 23670.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/21/2005.
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Sharon Cook
(freshman year)
Sharon Cook
(sophomore year)
1966 Anchor, p. 48 1967 Anchor, p. 33





Jackie, Lissa, Justin, Melissa, & Destiny,

Our thoughts & prayers go out to each of you during this difficult time. Sharon was a "ray of sunshine". Just take comfort in knowing that she is not in pain any more and that she is in a better place right now. We can picture her beautiful smile as she looks down from heaven on each of you now.
Pat Cropper (Newport News, VA ) - October 21, 2005
Lissa and Family,
I will remember Sharon as a faithful daughter, mother and grandmother who loved her family. She was so very pleasant and spiritual and brought comfort to her family. You all were good to Sharon and made her final days comfortable, both physically and emotionally.
I believe she has met her newest granddaughter in the spirit.
Be blessed and encouraged.
Beulah Davis, L-SWCM, Riv Hospice (Newport News, VA ) - October 21, 2005
Dear Mrs. Cook, Ricky, Harvey, and Melissa, (and of course all of her children and grandchildren)
This is Sherry Hensel. I was telling my husband how I used to spend so much time at your house when we were in elementary school. I remember you brothers "harassing" us all the time : ) Remember I also was the organist for Sharon and Donnie's wedding? We go back a long way. I guess from 1st grade to 12th.
Melissa, I was your nurse at the doctor's office( Sherry Huycke - pronounced "Hike"). I am so, so sorry Sharon had to go through all of what she has in the past few years. I will always remember her sweet spirit and fun-loving ways. Even though we lost touch for a long time, I will never lose touch of the memories spent with her. I loved her and will miss her greatly.
She's not suffering now and is in the presence of Jesus!
Love, Sherry
Sherry Huycke (Hampton, VA ) - October 22, 2005
You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
Craig, Frances, Katie and Kyle Brown (Hampton, VA ) - October 22, 2005

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 10/26/05:

I didn't recognize Sharon Cook's picture, but when I read the obituary and saw Justin Cropper's name, I realized it was the same Sharon Morris I knew back in '71.  I met her at the Zodiac Club when I worked there.  Bob Cropper was already a friend of mine.....he was in the AF at Langley.  I attended their wedding, but didn't really stay in touch after that.  It's so sad for anyone to die that young. 

   It really is, Gloria.  Thank you.


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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Words by John Newton 1779

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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