Maxine C. Cook

Maxine C. Cook

CUMBERLAND — Maxine C. Cook, 83, of Cumberland, surrounded by her loved ones, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 17, 2009. After many years, she is finally cradling her infant son, Allen Clifton, who died shortly after his birth in 1947.

Born on Dec. 1, 1925, Maxine was the daughter of the late Herman and Elizabeth Almeda (Ruppert) Curry. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorotha Ruckman and Nancy Lashbaugh; and one brother, Carlton Curry.

She is survived and will be sadly missed by her husband of 65 ½ years, Clifton J. Cook; one son, Gary W. Cook and wife Karen, of Waterford, Mich.; and one daughter, Janice M. Cornachia and husband Stephen, of Cumberland. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Dawn R. Hartung and husband Barry, of Short Gap, W.Va., Kimberly A. Mosey and husband Sean, of Waterford, Krista S. Upthegrove and husband Kevin, of Portage, Ind., and Kevin W. Cook and wife Aliya, of Chicago, Ill. Maxine dearly loved her five great-grandchildren who were the “light of her life,” Brandon Keith Jackson, Brynne Renee Hartung and Alexandra Cosette Hartung, all of Short Gap, W.Va., and Jacob Sawyer Mosey and Samantha Jane Mosey, of Waterford.

Maxine was a 1943 graduate of Fort Hill High School where she sang in the Acapella Choir. Maxine had the highest average in Home Economics in her senior class. She and Clifton were also members of Club 43. During her lifetime, she worked at several places including the Celanese Plant in the chemistry lab, Rosenbaum Bros. for 19 years until they closed, Sacred Heart Hospital as an aide and at J.C. Penney from the store’s opening in 1981 until her retirement 10 years later. Maxine was involved in the Cumberland Assembly 6 Order of the Rainbow for Girls, when her granddaughter Dawn was an active member. She later joined the McKinley Chapter 12 Order of the Eastern Star.

Maxine was a 50-year plus member of Kingsley United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school and played the piano for the Sunday school. She also belonged to the Women’s Society Class and taught Bible school. In later years, she and Clifton joined Centre Street United Methodist Church and attended faithfully until she became unable to attend due to Parkinson’s Disease. The last several years of her life, she had been a resident of Golden Living Nursing Home in Cumberland. There were many special people at Golden Living Center that had become close friends with Maxine. Her roommate, Emmy, became a very special friend along with Emmy’s husband, Eddie Williams, who was such a great help to Maxine. They were like family to Maxine and her family. To her faithful aide Rosie, whom Maxine adored, along with Candy, Carol and the many others too numerous to mention, we thank you for everything. Your care is very much appreciated.

Maxine and Clifton had many wonderful trips together. Above all, their trips through Europe and the Holy Land were very special and incredibly memorable to them.

Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Monday, July 20, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ann V. Atkins of Centre Street United Methodist Church and Brother Barry Hartung, assistant pastor of Family Ministry Church, Wiley Ford, W.Va., officiating.

Pallbearers will be Barry Hartung, Eddie Williams, Lewis Brant, Kevin Cook, Kevin Upthegrove and David Curry.

Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at https://support.pdf.org.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com.

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