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Vickie Lee (Watts) Cook

Aug. 3, 1957 – July 29, 2021


August 5, 2021

Vickie Cook passed away peacefully at her home in Colfax on July 29, 2021. She is now no longer tethered to the physical ailments and challenges she battled for most of her life.

Vickie was born August 3, 1957, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Rolland and Maxine Watts, joining an older brother (Steve). The family moved several times during her school years as her father pursued a career in law enforcement that would eventually lead them to Colfax, Washington, in 1971. Along the way she attended schools in College Place, WA, Petersburg, AK, Dayton, WA, and finally Colfax, WA, where she graduated from high school in 1975.

Vickie met and married Robert (Bob) Cook in Colfax on November 4, 1978. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Following in her father's footsteps she entered law enforcement and began work for Judge David Frazier at the Colfax District Court. She loved her work and adored Judge Frazier, but her disabilities eventually forced her to leave the District Court after 16 years of service.

Vickie was both intelligent and quick-witted and there was likely no one happier in Colfax when internet service arrived. She was a voracious reader and writer and kept up on world events despite her physical incapacity and relative isolation. She also loved to match wits with her brother on their numerous phone calls and most of the time she got the better of him.

Vickie's family was her pride and joy. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bob Cook of Colfax; two children, Scott Cook and Carrie (Bart) Phillips of Colfax; four grandchildren, Garrett, Emalee, Wyatt, and Cody; a brother Steve (Dawn) Watts of Spokane; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rolland and Maxine Watts with whom she is now reunited.

Vickie endured a difficult life with a kind heart. She adored her family, took pride in all of their accomplishments, overlooked their failings, and lamented their challenges and losses. She will be forever remembered for her quick wit, innate decency, and kindness.

Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is caring for the family. There will be no funeral service at her request.


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