Obituary For Shirley Ann Cook


Obituary For Shirley Ann Cook

It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley Ann Cook announces her passing at the age of 82.  Shirley passed away peacefully at her home on October 29, 2017 following a lengthy illness. 

Shirley was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on June 10, 1935 to the late Warren and Maude Gordon. She and her family lived in many places before they settled down in Española when she was in her teens.  She graduated from Española High School in 1953.

Shortly after moving to Española, Shirley met a charming and handsome young man named Richard P. Cook and soon after they were married.   Together Shirley and Richard owned and operated several businesses in and around Española, Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including Cook’s Home Center, Española Transit Mix, Los Alamos Transit Mix, Associated Asphalt and Materials and EMCO of Santa Fe. Shirley was a very kind and gentle soul.  She had a loving and generous heart, and did everything she could to make a happy home for her husband and daughters.

Shirley and Richard were blessed with four daughters, Deborah Ann Cook, Kelly Marie Cook, Kim Alison Cook and Katharine Alison Cook.  

Shirley was predeceased by her devoted husband of 63 years, Richard P. Cook in 2017, her beloved daughter Kim Alison Cook in 1968, her parents, Warren and Maude Gordon, and siblings Helen Freeman and Bill “Sonny” Gordon.   Shirley is survived by her daughters Debbie Cantrup of Española, Kelly Armstrong and husband Hal Armstrong of Española, Katharine Fishman and husband Andrew Fishman of Albuquerque; her grandchildren, Lisa Bakosi and husband Jozsef Bakosi, Chelsea Cantrup, Kacie Caster and husband Matt Caster, Sarah Armstrong, Jacob Fishman, Kalyssa Fishman, and Zachary Fishman; and her great grandchildren, Peter Bakosi, Corinne Bakosi, Hunter Cantrup, Alexys Caster, Richard Caster and Brandon Caster; her sister Mary Louise Gordon Toledo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and many adoring nieces and nephews.  

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Amy Armstrong and Wendy Staude for their care and support of Shirley in her later years and ultimately in her final days. 

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Shirley A. Cook will be held this Friday, November 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memorial donations in memory of Shirley may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico at or by phone at 800-272-3900.  The family of Shirley Ann Cook has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.