Marjorie L Cook

Born December 22, 1927 at her Great Aunt Leila’s house in Higgins, Texas, Marjorie was the first of four daughters born to Charlie and Rosella Brown of Booker. She married James Cook on her seventeenth birthday, and graduated Valedictorian of Booker High School in 1945. Marjorie died July 29th in Amarillo, Texas. Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Darrouzett, Texas at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 4th, with Reverend Gary McDonald officiating. Graveside services will follow at Darrouzett Cemetery under the direction of Good Samaritan Funeral Service Booker, Texas. Marjorie and James made their first home at a granary north of Booker. They welcomed daughter Kathy in 1945 and Beverly nineteen months later. The Cooks moved to a farm six miles south of Darrouzett, where they lived for nearly 25 years. Whether she was feeding hired hands or a house full of family, Marjorie always prepared something delicious. She was known for her perfect pot roast and turkey and dressing. She kept treats ready, with a box of Chung King rolls always waiting in the freezer for her grandkids. In December, everyone could count on receiving a package of Marjorie famous fruitcake cookies and candies in the mail, along with a delivery from Hickory Farms. She made holidays special. Marjorie was an active member of her community. She worked for 25 years at the First National Bank in Darrouzett and then started writing for The Booker News. People told her that they subscribed to the paper just to read her weekly column, where she told personal stories and jokes. She took great joy from this roll, and her tax return listed her occupation as small-town gossip writer. One of Margie’s fondest memories was being crowned Buzzard Queen at the Deutches Festival. She was devoted to her church, playing piano at the First Baptist Church of Darrouzett for many years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, achieving the title of Worthy Matron. With her fun-loving personality, Marjorie was always hosting or going to bridge club. She was famous for her good luck, often winning at Texas Hold’em on her frequent trips to Las Vegas. She loved to play bingo, travel, and dance. Known as “Gramsie”, Margie told the best fairly tales to and played hundreds of games of Skip Bo with her grandkids and great grandkids. They all adored her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James, and her great grandson Nolan Fields. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Crews of Roswell, NM; Mary Mitchell of Corpus Christi; and Charlene Yates and husband David of Amarillo; Daughter Kathy Diaz of Huntington Beach, California and Beverly Perry and Husband Scott Nelson of Amarillo. Granddaughter Jamie Schilling Fields and Col. Frank Fields of Montgomery,AL; grandson Jonathan Ross Brewer and wife Megan of Pueblo, CO; and granddaughter Kaci Diaz of Venice, CA. Great grandchildren include Matthew Fields, and Nathaniel and Ella Brewer. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s we heard many times that “Marjorie is the sweetest patient we’ve ever had. Her smile melts our hearts.” In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Darrouzett PO Box 121, Darrouzett, TX 79024 or to Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice, 5211 SW 9th Ave., Suite 100, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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