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Ada C. Cooke, 89, formerly of 103 S. Clark in Kittitas, died Friday at Haven House Nursing Home [died May 22, 1981].

She was born in Lincoln, Neb. on Aug. 3, 1891. She came to Ellensburg from Cle Elum in 1905 with brother Orval and her father, A. E. Rich. The family worked first for the Barnharts and later rented the property northeast of Ellensburg known as the Smyth Panhandle Ranch.

She and Edward V. Cooke were married in 1908. They worked for his grandmother, Mrs. Charles Cooke until 1918 when they moved to Yakima. They returned to Ellensburg in 1947. Mr. Cooke preceded her in death on June 28, 1972.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Country Mothers’ Club. Survivors include two sons, Carl Cooke, of Kittitas, and Rex Cooke, of Klickitat; two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Cleora) Pickup, and Mrs. Joe (Nina) Bauer, both of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Marjorie Gillis and Irma Cooke, both of Kittitas, and Ella Cooke, of Ellensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Evenson Chapel. Pastor Bill Poole will officiate and burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.