|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1860|
Etta Viola Cook was born in Illinois, on March 14, 1860, the daughter of James E. Ward and Sarah Jane Benton Ward. She married Henry Cook about 1877 in Missouri. They became the parents of the following children:
Myrtle Cook Huey (1877 – 1967)
Minnie Cook Humbrock (1880 – 1979)
Edna Cook (1880 - )
Emmet J. Cook (1886 - )
Fred Cook (1888 - )
Mabel Cook (1892 - )
When Henry passed away December 10, 1903, leaving Etta to raise the younger children alone, she worked as a nurse to support herself and her children.
Etta lived to be 102 years old. She is a member of a lineage of women that produced four centenarians in four generations. Etta's aunt, Angeline "Angie" Benton Rood lived to be 102 years 9 months and 1 day old. Etta's sister Eveline Ward Wells (1873 - 1978) lived to be 104, and her first cousin, Mary J. Benton Pemberton (1910 - 2011) lived to be 101 years old. In addition, two of Etta's daughter's lived to be at least 90. Minnie Cook Humbruck (1880 – 1979) lived to be 99 years old and Myrtle Cook Huey (1877 – 1967) lived to be 90.
On the occasion of her 102nd birthday an article appeared on Mar 27, 1962, in the Greeley Daily Tribune, on which the following story is partially based.
Etta Cook, the mother of Weld County resident, Mrs. Minnie Humbrock, and the sister of Greeley resident, Mrs. Eva Wells, was honored March 14th in Clinton, Mo. on her 102nd birthday. Mrs. Cook, who resides at the Clinton Nursing Home, was presented with a three-tiered cake made by two former neighbors at a special party on the occasion. The elaborate creation portrayed the major occurrences of Etta's life, including her birth, her marriage and the births of each of her six children. In addition it depicted the death of one of her children.
Mrs. Cook was born March 14, 1860 in Illinois.
Mrs. Cook is sending the top portion of the cake with the number 102 on it to her sister who is 88. The two sisters are the last surviving of their parent's twelve children.
Mrs. Cook continued to be active until last Christmas when she broke her hip at the age of 101 and had to enter the nursing home. However, according to Mrs. Wells, her sister's mind continues to be clear.
After Mrs. Cook's husband passed away in December of 1903 she worked as a nurse to support her young children.
By Rebecca Benton McKnight. This article based on research of the life of Etta Cook.
James E Ward (1835 - 1899)
Sarah Jane Benton Ward (1835 - 1922)
Henry Cook (1850 - 1903)*
Myrtle Cook Huey (1877 - 1967)*
Etta Viola Ward Cook (1860 - 1962)
William E. Ward (1862 - 1942)*
Oscar Ward (1866 - 1922)*
Oliver Wendell Ward (1869 - 1956)*
Eveline A. Ward Wells (1873 - 1978)*
FEB. 4, 1850
DEC. 10, 1903
1860 - 1962
Maintained by: Rebecca Benton McKnight
Originally Created by: M Krause
Record added: Jun 04, 2008
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