Frances Marion Long Cooke


SIDNEY - Mrs. Frances Marion Long Cooke, 102, entered into rest Thursday, July 11, 2019, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta,.
Frances was born Dec. 30, 1916, in Syracuse. She was the daughter of the late John Long and Anabel Youngs Long.
At the age of 3, the family moved to Sidney Center and, in 1936, Frances moved to Sidney in her own apartment, where she became employed at Scintilla Magnet, supplying the starting engines for U.S. Navy planes during World War II.
While there she met Burnett Douglas Cooke and they were married in December 1941. Their son Carl was born in 1945, at which time she quit her job at Scintilla and assisted her husband with a television and radio repair service until 1970. They both took pride in growing each of their own gardens each year.
Frances was a devoted member of the Congregational Church, where she sang in the church choir. An Eastern Star member for more than 70 years, she served as its Matron twice. She volunteered for many years as an Election Board inspector in Sidney as well as at the Next-To-New Store on Main Street. She always had a smile on her face, whatever she was doing.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph Long; son, Carl Cooke; three grandchildren, Christina Whitley and her husband, Ronald, Kimberly Cooke and Travis Kathmann and Matthew Cooke; six great-grandchildren, Aaron Cooke, Markeece Whitley, Ariyanna Whitley, Katrina Beckmann, Zachary Cooke, and Gabriel Cooke.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnett Douglas Cooke; and her two sisters, Ethel Severinghaus and Mabel Colyer.
The family thanks the staff at A.O. Fox Nursing Home for their care and compassion for the past years.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 22, in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
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Kevin Klix
Jul 23, 2019
Frances was a wonderful lady. I enjoyed being blessed to have known her as well as care for her for a number of years at the A.O. Fox nursing home. I know she is hugging Jesus now and all her pain is gone. Rest in peace and Love you Frances