Irene D. (Flesner) Cookson

Born: Wed., Feb. 7, 1912
Died: Thu., Nov. 19, 2015


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Nov. 24, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Irene D. Cookson, 103, of Quincy, formerly of Plymouth, Illinois, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Thursday (November 19, 2015) in Good Samaritan Home.
   Born February 7, 1912 in Clayton Township near Golden, Illinois, Irene was the daughter of John H. and Agnes Marie Oetting Flesner. She was baptized by her grandfather, the Rev. W. J. Oetting in the Evangelical Immanuel Lutheran Church near Golden. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith by the Rev. William Brockkopp on March 28, 1926. Irene was instrumental in the founding of Faith Lutheran Church in Augusta and was honored at the church's 50 year dedication in September 2012. She taught Sunday School for 42 years in churches in Golden and Augusta. Following her move to Quincy in 1982, she transferred her membership to Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ where she was a member of the Evening Guild and sang with the Salem Choirsters.
   Irene attended parochial school and graduated 8th grade from Union School #16 in Adams County. In 1927, she was honored for writing the highest scoring final exam of all 57 rural schools in Adams County. She graduated from Golden High School in 1931.
   On December 18, 1932, Irene married Orin K. Cookson in South Prairie Church near Golden. In 1944,Orin became a Licensed Funeral Director and Irene became a Licensed Funeral Director in 1956. Together they owned and operated Funeral Homes and a Monument Company in Plymouth and Augusta with their sons, Jerry and Rod, until Orin's death in 1978 when the Cookson's purchased Zehender Robinson Stormer Funeral Home in Quincy and sold the funeral homes in Plymouth and Augusta to Jack and Gary Hamilton. Irene stayed in Plymouth and continued helping in the business until her retirement in 1982, when she moved to Quincy. During her career in funeral service, she played and sang for countless numbers of funerals.
   Music, gardening, both vegetable and flowers, quilting, painting, reading and collecting antiques were just some of her many hobbies. She was blessed with a beautiful Alto voice and sang with the Broadway Chorus and Volunteer Voices well into her nineties. An accomplished oil painter, she painted wildlife, flowers, covered bridges and sailing ships. Irene's passion was tending to her gardens and taking care of her Purple Martin bird houses.
   Irene was a wonderful wife and mother, who worked hard, lived a Christian life and accomplished much.
   Survivors include her son, Rod Cookson (Karen) of Quincy; a daughter in law, Barbara Cookson of Quincy; four grandchildren, Robin Leonard (Howard) of Quincy, Rick Cookson of Seymour, IN, Kelly Cookson (Andrea) of Quincy and Kyle Cookson (Bobbette) of Quincy; five great grandchildren, Shannon Leeds (A.J.) of Alpharetta, GA, Shaun Cookson (Angie) of Quincy, Shay Strubinger (Evan) of Manhattan, KS, Seth Leonard (Maria) of Quincy and Nathan Cookson of Quincy; two great great granddaughters, Lillian Kay Leeds of Alpharetta, GA and Taya Emmalynn Strubinger of Manhattan, KS; three step grandchildren, George Leonard (Angie), Ginny Owsley (Donnie) and Bobbi Leonard; seven step great grandchildren; one step great great grandchild; six sisters-in-law, Lucille Flesner of Quincy, Willia Bryson (Charles) of Marcelline, IL ,Wilma Cannon of Quincy, Mary Cookson and Lucille Cookson both ofQuincy, and Jaine Cookson of Ursa, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews.
   Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Orin; a son, Jerry Cookson; four brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Harry and Edward Flesner; and six sisters, Helen Meints, Emma Meyer, Emily White, Amalia Swope, Adele Aden and Edna Bienhoff.
   Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning (November 24, 2015) at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Disseler and Pastor George Tomko officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
   Visitation will be Monday evening (November 23, 2015) from 3:00 to 6:00 and Tuesday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Home or Faith Lutheran Church in Augusta.

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Rev. Jan Johnson
   Posted Thu November 19, 2015
God's arms are carrying you! Irene is at peace. Thanks be to God!

Jan Johnson

Kim (Smith) Long
   Posted Thu November 19, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Irene was a wonderful woman. I always remember as a child being at the funeral home in Plymouth chatting with her and my grandma Vi. She gave me a hand painted tea cup and saucer in which I still have and have always cherished. I think it is a blessing that she lead such a long and full life. Your family is in my prayers.

Randy & Arlis DeJaynes
   Posted Thu November 19, 2015
I have great memories of Orin and Irene, from when I was just a little shaver. I used to go upstairs at the funeral home in Plymouth and visit with Irene. She also gave me a tour of the Hammond organ when the funeral home got a new one. I have not seen her for many years, but I'm sure she retained her wit and good humor. She will, no doubt, bring many smiles to heaven!!


Norma Knowles Bennett
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
I have fond memories of your Mom and Dad from my youth. Your mother was a very compassionate lady. Peace is with her now.

Paul Kevin Geers
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
Dear Rodney,

I have a feeling this was your mother, I remember when you and Jerry came from Plymouth to Sixth and spring working with Howard.
I will keep her in my prayers these next few days and I will never forget your brother Jerry, he was very kind to me as a boy when I was at Soldiers home chapel. All I can say, a good family here, and she must had been a good mother too.
God rest her soul.


Wanda Eddington
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
Rod and Karen --- So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a wonderful lady she was. She was always so kind and caring to so many people when your family was in business here in Plymouth at the time of the death of their loved one. She was also a great part of our community. I always admired her. God certainly blessed her with a Long life. Please except our sincere condolences for your loss. Thinking of you. Blessings --- Bruce and Wanda Eddington

Mick Myers
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
Dear Rod, Karen and families:

I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing; and thinking of her reminds me of my childhood visits to Plymouth in the 1960's visiting my grandmother at her nursing home. I remember fondly both of your parents and will always remember how kind they were to my family, of which we are forever grateful. What a remarkable life your mother lived, a milestone few achieve! Please accept my sincere sympathy and may God bless each of you during this time.

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
Dear Rod, Karen and Cookson family,
What a wonderful life your mother and grandmother had! She inspired many on her journey. Our condolences, God's Blessings and best wishes.

Robert Bender
   Posted Sat November 21, 2015

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Bob, Ann, Olivia and Paige Bender.

Our very deepest sympathies. Sincerely, Bob, Ann, Olivia and Paige Bender

Cindy (Young) Garrett
   Posted Sat November 21, 2015
Dear Cookson Family-
My father was Robert Young, son of Fred and Grace Young of Plymouth. I can remember as a little girl spending time with my grandparents going to visit your Mom at her home. I believe she and my Grandma were good friends. I had no idea she was still living. My sisters and I have spoken many times of her and our memories of her. Fred and Grace passed on many years ago, but I treasure each memory of that era when we would travel to Plymouth to visit . What a life she has enjoyed and I'm truly sorry for your loss.
God bless you and yours this Christmas season,
Cindy Garrett

susan petty
   Posted Sun November 22, 2015
I am sorry for your loss.Your mom and dad were good friend of my parents when the lived in Plymouth.No matter the age it is so hard to lose your mother.

Peggy (Smith) O'Brien
   Posted Sun November 22, 2015
Sincere condolences to you Rod, Karen, Barb and your families. Irene was a grand lady and admired by many as well as myself. Remember her making our corsages for Proms and special events while a teenager with her special "wit" and pleasant demeanor! Many memories of her community involvement, singing and caring so much. Thanks, Irene, for touching my life. Hugs to my best friend (BFF) Karen, & Rod,


John & Karen Metcalf
   Posted Mon November 23, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear about Irene passing. She was a strong influence on many lives, including mine. Even when a scrawny nuisance paperboy delivered her paper she always took time to make sure he was warm or dry. l had something to drink on hot days and plenty of cookies on Christmas. At the time I didn't appreciate her quick wit, but even today I can hear her voice and laughter when I would subject myself to moments of comical decisions. Her gardens were her pride and joy. On many occasions sharing her abundant yield with me. Onions, turnips, and radishes. Oh yes, we can't forget the radishes ... right Rod? And we can't forget the love and memories I have of Irene. My love is with all your family, friends, and you during this passing. Hugs and kisses to you and your family in this time of grief. John and Karen.

Tom Arnold
   Posted Tue November 24, 2015
Rod, Karen, Kyle & Bbette,
I am sorry for the lobss of your mother and grandmother. I am sorry I was unable to attend the wake or the funeral. My wife has been ill but is on the mend this week finally. Irene had a long life and I am sure the good Lord has rewarded for her for all the good she accomplished on this earth.

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