unknown - January 28, 2013
Following a short illness, Phyllis Irene Yawney Cook, a kind, loyal, compassionate, generous and religious lady was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on Jan. 28, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She and her twin brother, Dennis Leo, were born in Jordan on Aug. 3, 1933, to Harry and Teofila Yawney. She was known as Phyllis by her co-workers and classmates, Irene by her family and affectionately known as NeeNee by her nieces and nephews.
She graduated salutatorian from Jordan High School in 1951 and from CCBI in 1952. In her early career, she was employed by Prudential Insurance Co. and rose to the position of office manager.
She was married to Frederic T. Cook in 1975 and resided in Syracuse where she was a member of St. Terese-All Saints Church. In later years, she returned to work at Prudential and retired in 1994.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 20 years, her sister Josephine Plis, her brothers Edward, Kaiton, Leo, Albert, and Harry Yawney, two nephews Michael Yawney and Kaiton-Robert Yawney and recently by a niece Elaine Davis.
Phyllis Irene was the caretaker of everyone she shared her life with. Although not a nurse, over the years she provided loving care, comfort and sympathetic concern for family, friends and neighbors. Her interests were crocheting, crafts, photography, animals, SU sports, a neighborhood luncheon group, children and friends. Among her happiest moments were gatherings at the family farmhouse.
She is survived by her brother, Walter, sisters-in-law Alice and Caroline Yawney, several loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and members of Fred’s family. She will be missed by many in the Syracuse and Jordan areas. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their professional care and support as well as the hospital’s spiritual ministry.
Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Patrick’s Church, Jordan. Rite of committal and burial will be in the spring in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours were held at the Bush Funeral Home 120 E. Main St. (Rt. 5) Elbridge. Contributions may be made to the Jordan Ambulance Fund, Francis House or the SPCA of Central NY.