She was born June 7, 1935 in Indianapolis and attended and graduated from Emrich Manual High School. She married Billy Cook on July 12, 1953 in Indianapolis.
She was a secretary for Morris Plan Financial Services in Indianapolis and later lived in Cambridge City and Albert Lea, Minn., before moving to Beatrice in 1973.
She had been the owner/operator of A & N Bar in Wymore, Neb. since 1980. She is a former member of the Eastern Star in Cambridge City.
Survivors include husband Billy of Beatrice; three daughters, Brenda Steinkamp of Beatrice, Cheryl Cook of Lincoln, Neb. and Deborah Caris and husband Michael of Plymouth, Minn.; two sons, Michael Cook and special friend Dena Mathias of Lincoln and Mark Cook of Rowlett, Texas; nine grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Cook, Eric Steinkamp, Jason, Joshua, Jon and Jeffery Caris, Madisen and Carsen Cook; one great-granddaughter, Adelyn Caris; one sister, Linda Allee and husband Bill of Greencastle; and five nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lola Schmitt; her parents-in-law, Lester and Bonnie Cook; and a son-in-law, Keith Steinkamp.
Celebration of Life services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Christ Community Church of Beatrice. The body was cremated.
Memorial to the family's choice. A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at www.foxfuneralhome.net.
Fox Funeral Home, 1116 N. 19th St.; Beatrice, NE 68310 is in charge of arrangements.