IRENE D. COOKSON
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.