|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1910|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 1989|
San Bernardino County
My Grandma, Alma Evelyn Housley was born in Oklahoma on March 14, 1910 to Robert Bruce Housley and Myrtle Irene McCoy. She had one older sister: Alta Mae Housley and two younger brothers: Robert Bruce Housley and Theodore "Ray" Housley.
She grew up on the family farm and always loved to tag along with her dad while he worked. She attended school through the 8th grade, but as a lot of children during this time, had to drop out of school to help on the farm.
A nearby family had a son by the name of Roy Walter Cook and the two eventually fell in love. On November 30, 1932 they were married. Roy and Alma had their first born son, Roy Walter Cook Jr., on March 1, 1934. A second son, Robert Bruce Cook, would follow on October 14, 1935. During this time, work in Oklahoma was scarce and Roy had the opportunity to travel to California for employment. Alma later followed along by train with her two young sons in tow. Once settled in California, Roy and Alma welcomed their only daughter, Patricia Ann Cook, on March 27, 1937. Finally on June 13, 1938 their family was complete with the birth of their third son, Theodore "Ronald" Cook. The family settled in Colton, California and raised their family there.
Roy Sr. worked at the Portland Cement Plant in Colton as a foreman in 1972 when he was inspecting a piece of machinery. As he crawled out from under the machine, he thought he had cleared the edge and raised his head up- just catching his neck, causing it to break. He was taken to the hospital where upon further inspection, it was noted that he had developed bone cancer (most likely from the asbestos in the cement) and this had caused the bones in his neck to be even more brittle. Roy developed pneumonia while in the hospital and never recovered. He died on 24 May 1972 at the age of 62.
After Roy Sr. passed away, Alma tried to spend as much time as she could with her children, grandchildren and siblings. She was the best grandma. I would love to spend weekends at her house. She would always have time for a game of checkers, Chinese checkers, dominoes, etc. She would make the best cornbread right on the stove and delicious cakes and frosting from scratch. She gave the best hugs and always had time to listen. We would go to church every Sunday with her sister Alta (known as "Auntie" to her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews). She was there for every birthday and holiday, too. I miss her so very much.
Alma suffered a stroke on September 26, 1989 and thereafter had several additional small strokes. Today there are several options to help someone who has suffered a stroke. Unfortunately, this was not the case in 1989. She was taken to the hospital where she stayed for over a week. She lost her ability to form sentences and use the right side of her body. Eventually she was sent home where her son Ronald took care of her. Sadly, on October 11, 1989, just two weeks from the first stroke, she passed away at the age of 79.
Alma left behind her three sons, her daughter, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Alma was buried beside her husband and just up from her parents at Hermosa Memorial Gardens in Colton, California. Her sister, brothers and their wives, and daughter Patricia Ann would all eventually be buried nearby at Hermosa as well.
Published in the San Bernardino Sun, Saturday, 14 October, 1989:
ALMA E COOK
Former Baptist deaconess
Alma E. Cook, 79, a Colton resident since 1936, died of a stroke Wednesday at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The Oklahoma native was a former deaconess of the First Baptist Church of Colton. She also was a member of the American Baptist Church Women's Association and the First Baptist Church Kings Daughters.
Survivors include three sons, Roy W. Jr. of Saratoga, Robert B. of North Tustin and Theodore R. of Crestline; a daughter, Patricia A. Hilber of Rialto, a sister, Alta Mae Housley of Colton; two brothers, Robert B. Housley and Theodore R. Housley, both of Colton; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Knopsnyder Chapel, 404 N. Seventh St., Colton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel. Burial will be at Hermosa Memorial Gardens.
Robert Bruce Housley (1880 - 1954)
Myrtle Irene McCoy Housley (1886 - 1955)
Roy Walter Cook (1909 - 1972)
Patricia Ann Cook Hilber (1937 - 2008)*
Theodore Ronald Cook (1938 - 2014)*
Alta Mae Housley (1907 - 1994)*
Alma Evelyn Housley Cook (1910 - 1989)
Robert Bruce Housley (1914 - 1997)*
Theodore Ray Housley (1918 - 2007)*
Hermosa Gardens Cemetery
San Bernardino County
Created by: Alysha71
Record added: Jul 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39034396
Added: Jun. 27, 2012
I love you, Grandma and miss you every day. I know you are with Mom and my Laiken and that gives me comfort. I know I will see you again someday. I remember all of the wisdom you shared, all the love you gave. I wish we could have had more time... You are...(Read more)|
Added: Jun. 20, 2011
Love You, Grandma! Miss you so much. Happy Mother's Day in Heaven.|
Added: May. 6, 2011
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