COOK – EVA BLANCHE (nee Parr) of Nanaimo BC.
Nov. 4, 1924 – Dec. 27, 2012
Predeceased by parents Rev. Maxwell C. Parr and Ena (Jewitt) Parr and brother Ronald F. Parr (Yvonne). Lovingly called “The Admiral of the Fleet”, Eva will be sadly missed for her love, humour, strength, caring and her love of and involvement in music. She will be sorely missed by her husband of 64 years William (Bill) G. Cook and loving family, Dr. Bill Cook (Wendy Carty); Sharon Horncastle (Jim); Paul Cook (Debbie); and Dr. Timothy Cook (Jamie). She was a proud and devoted Nana to Willy (Stephanie) & David Cook; Brian (Amanda) and Craig (Laura) Horncastle; Courtney and Kelly Cook; and Gillian, Ian and Matthew Cook. She was also a proud Great-Grandma to Molly, Alex, Ryan, Kate, Owen and Madison. She was a devoted ‘Special Aunt’ and loving Nana to Kathy Cook (Hamar Foster) and their children Cayce and Rachel Foster; and to Sandra Webster-Cook and her son Benjamin Cook.
Also left to mourn her passing is her brother Rev. Dr. M. Jewitt Parr (Margaret), Jean Cook and Sharon Groom, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Eva graduated from the Brantford General Hospital School of Nursing (RN) in 1947. She married Bill in 1948 raising their children in St. Catharines and Islington Ontario. They retired to beautiful Sidney, BC in 1990 relocating in 1993 to Nanaimo. Eva and Bill moved to Nanaimo Seniors Village Assisted Living in 2004. In 2010 Eva moved into Complex Care where she was loved by all who cared for her. A very special thanks goes to all the NSV staff who showed compassion and love while ensuring that Eva was comfortable through her final days.
Eva was a wonderful caring person dedicating her life to her family, friends and church. Her enthusiasm, energy and sense of humour will live on in those who knew her. Eva summarized her life together with Bill with the following words “Our greatest interest and love of life remains each other, our wonderful family; delightful grandchildren, nieces, nephews and of course, as always, our church and our many friends.”
Cremation is being provided by First Memorial Funeral Services in Nanaimo, BC. A private family ‘Celebration of Eva’s Life’ will be held at Nanaimo Seniors Village. Interment will follow later at the Paris Cemetery in Paris, Ontario. Memories and condolences may be sent via email to E.B.Cook.InMemory@gmail.com .
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4 (1-800-465-3771) or to the Alzheimer Society of B.C., #300-828 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1E2 (1-604-681-6530).