Carolyn Ruth “Muzzy” Cook
June 17, 1933 – May 7, 2022
Carolyn Ruth Cook, most commonly called Muzzy by her family, was an important lady in many lives. Loved ones, family, and friends could always count on her as a pillar to lift them up or to at least share a smile with you. She acquired a bright outlook on life through her sharp intellect and courageous capacity to take tasks on.
She began life in the countryside of New Bremen, Ohio which were at odds with the new “city kids” which were an up-and-coming faction then. She took what she could get, as her father famously said. She got plenty when she became valedictorian, tromping every other student in scholastics, being granted admission to Ohio State University, and finding a life-long group of intellectuals called Mensa.
Studying in home economics, she met Dean Cook, a point guard of the championship basketball team. They were shortly married upon his enlistment which required him to serve in Nuremberg, Germany for the Nuremberg Trials. It was during this time period that they had their first son, Michael Don Cook. Quickly after this was when the era of world traveling ensued; moving to Thailand, then Scotland, where she learned of her other passion in life, playing the harp, the Irish national instrument.
After one quick trip home to Ohio, where Dean began working for Goodyear International, they were relocated to Thailand and spend many years there before moving back to Ireland. Ireland is where John and Mike learned about pipe bomb mechanics which was none to the approval of Carolyn whilst Dean gave hardly any never mind.
After many years abroad, she began finding new avenues of uses for her acumen, in addition to lead secretary for Continental Airlines, she also was librarian at multiple influential libraries including U of H Clear Lake. She played the harp for the infirmed, volunteering over 10 years and thousands of hours credited to her legacy. She was also driven to join many societies along with workplace organizations such as the Houston Calligraphy Guild, Friendswood Fine Arts Council, and taught yoga between stints in skydiving.
The multitude accomplishments and the number of lives impacted or simply touched by this amazing lady will forever be steadfast in our minds and hearts as she is delivered as angel to Heaven from her loving and cherished family.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Pete and Marie Dammeyer, and her sons Michael Cook and John Cook. She is survived by her sister, Janice Ursin-Smith; her daughters in-law, Lori Cook and Sisca Cook; her grandchildren, Nichole Tait, Zachary Cook, Kavana Cook, Matt Cook, Jake Cook, and Ben Cook; and her great-grandchildren, Mia Tait, Connor Tait, and Cameron Tait.
Graveside inurnment services were held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen, Ohio, presided over by Rev. Becky Erb Strang.