Edna Robinson-Cook was born in Winona, Mississippi on January 3, 1931, to the union of Albert Ervin Robinson and Mary Jane Hamer Robinson. She professed her faith in Christ at an early age and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church in East Chicago, IN by the late Rev. W.H. Robinson. She later became a member of New Revelation Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. R.T. Mitchell. She served her church as a Sunday School teacher and President of the Nursing Board. She served her church until illness prevented her from attending.
Edna attended East Chicago Washington High School and graduated in 1950. She later attended college to receive her LPN license. Later, she attended Purdue Calumet campus to receive her RN license. She served as LPN at St. Catherine Hospital for over twenty-five years and also provided her skills at Gary Rehabilitation Center. Her patients fondly called her “Cookie” because of her infectious smile. She was nominated for Employee of the Year at St. Catherine Hospital. She received numerous awards and accolades for her kindness and the caring medical and personal attention given to her patients. Her patients loved her for her loving personality, spirituality, and positive attitude.
She met and later married Frank W. Cook, Sr. on August 12th, 1951. From this union God blessed them with four lovely children Janet Cook Riley, Vanessa Cook (who preceded her in death), Frank W. (Maelene) Cook, Jr., and Dana Lynn Cook Anderson.
Her favorite quoted scriptures were:
Proverb 22:6 Train up a Child in the way they go and when they get old, they should not depart it.
Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ and to die is Gain. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. We love her, but God loves her more.
Edna Cook passed away Friday, January 21, 2022, in Georgia. She is preceded in death by her parents Albert E. and Mary Jane Robinson and her daughter Vanessa Cook. She leaves to cherish her memories her two sisters Bernice Robinson Junikon and Irene Robinson Mitchell; seven grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.
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