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Mary Ellen Asay Cook
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1915
Cowley
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1999
Powell
Park County
Wyoming, USA

daughter of Essie Sessions & Andrew Dutton Asay, married Harry Cook
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Mary Ellen Asay Cook
Sept. 15, 1915 -- Nov. 27, 1999

Longtime Lovell resident Ellen Cook died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, in the Powell Nursing Home.

Mary Ellen Asay was born on September 15, 1915, in Cowley, the first of three daughters born to Essie Sessions and Andrew Dutton Asay. She attended grade school in both Cowley and Byron.

Ellen married Harry Cook on July 29, 1931, in Red Lodge, Mont. They began their married life in Hyattville, Wyo. where they worked for various ranchers, a son, Frank, was born on June 10, 1932, and a daughte , Lucille, was born on September 22, 1933.

Harry worked for his sister and brother-in-law, Cort and Ida Pritchard, in Hyattville until 1940 when they moved to Lovell. In early 1941 Harry went to Dawson Creek, Canada, to work on the Alcan Highway, and Ellen and the children stayed in Hyattville for a few months. Then Ellen went up to be with Harry and cooked in the mess hall feeding the workers.

The children stayed with Harry's parents until May 1942, when they went up, also. In late 1942 the family moved back to Hyattville. They bought a new home in Lovell in 1943 and lived there until Harry's death.

They raised two nephews and a niece, Gerry, Charlie and Carol Brown, after the death of Ellen's sister and the brother-in-law. Ellen was bookkeeper and gas-pumper at the gas station and mechanic shops that she and Harry owned in Lovell for many years.

Ellen and Harry were rock hounds and enjoyed looking for rocks everywhere they went. They made jewelry and sold it in many parts of the country. They mined spanish-point agate on the Big Horn Mountains for two summers and made beautiful jewelry from it. Ellen was beside Harry in every endeavor that he came up with.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband, son, son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. She is survived by her daughter, Lucille and husband Leonard Hendry, nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren, the last one born on the afternoon of her death.

Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Lovell LDS Stake Center with burial at the Byron Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Dutton Asay (1889 - 1933)
  Essie Sessions Burge (1895 - 1962)
 
 Spouse:
  Harry Daniel Cook (1911 - 1992)*
 
 Children:
  Frank Dee Cook (1932 - 1997)*
  Ellen Lucille Cook Nicholls (1933 - 2005)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Ellen Asay Cook (1915 - 1999)
  Lena L Asay Holcomb (1917 - 1994)*
  Beulah Anne Asay Brown (1922 - 1960)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Byron Cemetery
Byron
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Block I Lot 15A Grave 2
 
Created by: Cindy C.
Record added: Dec 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32139545
Mary Ellen <i>Asay</i> Cook
Added by: Cindy C.
 
Mary Ellen <i>Asay</i> Cook
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