Mary Jane (Brooks) Cook
born May 4, 1947 – died April 14, 2013
From the funeral program:
"MJ", as she was known to everyone, was born May 4, 1947 in Garnett, Kansas to Earl and Jean Brooks. MJ grew up in Garnett and graduated with the class of 1965. Shortly after graduation she married Jess Sayler. Two beautiful daughters were born from that marriage, Michelle (Shel) Dolph and Barbara (Bobbi) Brady. MJ and her daughters moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1975 and MJ became the first female police officer on the department. (She eventually became a Criminal Intelligence Analyst for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.) Part of her job at O.S.B.I. was to locate, find and return missing and exploited children to their parents. MJ had some interesting stories of how sometimes she would be able to track down the person who had stolen a child. Sometimes all she could do was listen and comfort the parent. She was a good listener.
On October 22, 1984 while attending a police school at the O.C.P.D training center MJ met Norm Cook. They were married on June 22, 1985. Putting the two families together was challenge, but MJ would always say, "I'll be alright." The four girls, Amy, 11, Dawn, 14, Bobbi, 15 and Shell, 16 years of age did provide some challenges for us, but we all survived. MJ got to enjoy her 4 daughters, 4 son-in-laws and 13 grandchildren.
MJ loved going to church, she was a hugger and wanted to touch or hug everybody at church or in Sunday School. MJ loved music and was usually the first person standing with raised arms praising her savior, Jesus... On April 14, 2013 at OU Medical Center, MJ passed from this life into the arms of her savior Jesus.
Mary Jane’s childhood nickname was “Muffin” eventually shortened to “Muff” as she was known in junior high and high school.
Mary Jane liked to quilt and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She died after two years of treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Class members who attended her funeral were Roger Adams, Monte Mace, Merle Wittman, Ron Wolken, and Mark Womelduff.
High School Activities
Freshman: Pep Club, FHA, Glee Club, Music Contest
Sophomore: Pep Club, FHA, Glee Club, Music Contest, Y-Teens
Junior: Pep Club, FHA, Glee Club, Music Contest
Senior: Pep Club, FHA, Glee Club, Music Contest, Business Manager of High School Times
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