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Janice Cook


February 27, 2020

Janice Cook

Janice Cook

Janice Lee Cook, 75, of St. John, Wash., passed away peacefully at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Washington on February 23, 2020, surrounded by her family, due to complications related to a brain aneurism.

A celebration of her life will be held at Eccles Community Center/Wheatland Grange Hall on February 29, 2020, from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon, at the corner of Trunkey Road and State Route 23 (9603 State Route 23).

She was born to Ward and Gertrude (Boltz) Hunter in Minot, N.D., on January 31,1945, the youngest of eight children. Raised in Minot, Wahpeton and Page, North Dakota, until moving with her parents to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. She graduated from Coeur d' Alene High School in 1963. Janice attended Spokane Community College where she studied to become a Dental Assistant.

In 1964, she began her career in dental assisting, working for Petretti, Curralli and Associates in Hillyard, Wash. On June 19,1965, Janice married her college sweetheart Ronald L. Cook in Spokane, Wash. In 1966, Janice and Ron (Corporal Marine) relocated to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They returned to Spokane in 1968, where she enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her growing family. Ron and Janice moved their family to St. John, Wash., in the fall of 1974. In 1985, with her kids busy in school, she decided to return to work, first for Creigh House, D.M.D in Rosalia before eventually working for the Veteran's Administration in the dental clinic where she retired in 2007.

Janice enjoyed raising her three children in the country where she had a very supporting role on the farm. Janice was very talented; decorative tole painting, oil painting, crocheting, wood working, seamstress and candy maker were just a few of her many gifts. Janice loved spending time with her friends and family. In retirement Ron and Jan enjoyed traveling either by Gold Wing Motorcycle or RV.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ward Milton Hunter; mother, Gertrude Rose Boltz Hunter; brothers, Jack, Norman, and Raymond Hunter; sisters, Baby Girl Hunter, Lavonne Jorgensen and Catherine Pierson.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald L. Cook (married 54 years); son, Trevor (Khou) Cook and their two children, Maleah and Eli; daughter, Stacy (Dan) Schriger and their three boys, Benjamin, Jacob and Joshua; daughter, Heidi Peterson and her three children, Zoe, Neve, and Ethan; brother, Jerry Hunter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. John Fire Department, P.O. Box 221 St. John, WA, 99171.


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