Tina Louise Cook
In the early morning hours of April first, 2015, the most beautiful woman in the world went to be with Jesus.
The oldest of four children,Tina was born on March 7, 1958 in San Diego, Calif. In her early teens she moved with her family to Hardin, where she attended high school, participating in choir competitions and starring in several school theatre productions including the roles of Helen Keller and Cinderella. After graduating in ‘76, Tina and her family moved to Deer Lodge, where she worked in the registrars office. On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted, sending ash clouds into the air hundreds of miles away. That same day a young man, seeing the storm clouds on the horizon, offered his jacket to Tina as they sat watching a local softball game. A year and a half later, on November 28, 1981, Tina married that same young man, Kevin D. Cook, in his parents’ living room.
Kevin and Tina set up residency in Missoula, where they proceeded to produce and raise eight children. Tina chose to stay at home to raise and educate their children, devoting endless hours to cooking, cleaning, teaching, mentoring, dancing, singing, and most of all unconditionally loving her children, and eventually, her grandchildren. Reading aloud, singing around the dinner table, studying the Bible, and kitchen dancing were just a few of the things she and her children loved doing together.
In 2013 Tina realized a life-long dream when her daughter, Kimberly, took her on a three week tour of France and Italy.
Beautiful, patient, kind, sensitive, an excellent listener, strong, courageous, tender, funny, loving, humble...Tina was all of these things. Although she often felt inconsequential in the grand scheme of the world, she underestimated the impact her life had and continues to have on the communities her children have inhabited, from Kona, Hawaii to Missoula, to Harpenden, England. She will be missed by many who love her and look forward to being reunited with her again one day. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Kevin Cook, her children, Samantha, Danielle (Cook) Yoder and John Yoder, Patrick, Kimberly, David, Katherine, Elizabeth, Joshua, and her granddaughters Avalon, Eden, and Isis.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at Clark Fork City Church (Stephen R. Valentine Community Center), located at 2811 Latimer Street, Missoula.