Jo Ann Cook

Funeral services for Jo Ann Cook, 66, Eudora, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eudora Baptist Church, with Pastor Kevin Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Eudora City Cemetery. Jo Ann died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

She was born Oct. 15, 1946, in Butler, Mo., the daughter of Raymond and Margie Coleman Ford. She attended schools in Lee’s Summit, Mo. She was a member of Eudora Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She married Paul D. Cook in 1962 in Lee’s Summit. He preceded her in death in 1970, as did two sons, Christopher Cook in 1972, and David Cook in 2006, a sister, Carol Smith in 2002, and her parents. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Hemberg and husband David, and Stephanie Miller and husband Tony, all of Eudora; two sons, Jeffrey Cook and wife Shannon, Eudora, and Robert Cook and wife Melissa, Lawrence; two brothers, Gene Ford and wife Cora, Kansas City, Mo., and Roger Ford and wife Connie, Lawrence; 11 grandchildren, Alisha Miller, Alexander and Emily Hemberg, Joseph and Elizabeth Cook, Lindsey Sanchez, Nora Vandruff, Samantha, Brianna, & Zachary Cook, and Julia Miller; one great grandson, Logan Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Jo Ann Cook Memorial Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

Messages & Condolences

From Cathy Carley...

I meet Jo Ann just over 11 years ago at NCS/Pearson, she was my supervisor. I had deep respect for her. She was one to put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart.
Jo Ann Cook, you will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all those who loved her.

(Revelation 21:3, 4) With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

From Pat DeWolf & Carol Moore...

JoAnn Cook was a long time Vangent/Pearson GS collegue of ours. She was a dear friend. There wasn’t a time we were together that she didn’t make us laugh. She was one of a kind… a very classy lady. She loved God and adored her family. She had ups and downs throughout her life but always had a smile on her face. We will always remember her fondly.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and other friends. She will be missed. God Bless.

– The Moore and DeWolf Families

From Buffy DeWolf...

Jo Ann was a very special lady. We enjoyed the time we spent with her and she always made us laugh. She will be missed greatly. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

From Melissa (Jarrett) McMechan...

Cindy, Robert, Jeff, and Stephanie,
I just want to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I have a lot of good memories of your mother. For several years of my life she was like a second mom to me! I’ve never forgotten her, or the rest of the Cook family. I know that Jesus has His arms wrapped around you all, holding you tightly, and whispering His love. You are all very much in my thoughts and prayers!

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