Joan Cook

Joan Cook

June 10, 1954 - March 26, 2020
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Joan Eileen Cook, 65, of Canyon, passed away on March 26, 2020 in Amarillo.

A private interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Canyon.

Joan was born on June 10, 1954 to John Jensen and Icil (Murphy) Jensen in Independence, Iowa. Her primary and secondary education was completed at East Buchanan Community School District in Winthrop, Iowa. She also obtained a Dental Assisting Certificate from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

After Joan and her family moved to Canyon in 1991, she returned to school to become a registered nurse. She received her RN license from Amarillo College in 1996.

Joan married Charles Cook on August 16, 1974 in Independence, Iowa. They were married for 21 years and raised three children, Shannon, Daniel and Brian Cook.

Before passing away, Joan worked for Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry as a receptionist in the office of Dr. Bryan Bailey, DDS, PA. Also, from 1991-2013, Joan worked at Amarillo Children’s Dentistry as an Administrative Assistant. From 2000-2019, she worked part-time as an Assisted Living Caretaker for EduCare Community Living.

Joan was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Canyon.

Joan grew up on a farm in Iowa. In high school, she competed in basketball and track.

Throughout her life, Joan loved watching Sci-Fi movies and was an avid Star Wars fan. She would sit for hours and watch the Star Wars marathon. She never missed her children’s activities, including band, baseball, soccer, football, skiing and taking her son’s friends to skate parks.

She was considered the ‘cool’ mom and everybody liked her. She loved teaching kids in Sunday School and they were her pride and joy.

Joan had a ‘big’ heart and cared for everyone. She loved giving hugs and gave good, sound advice. She was very wise and very loving.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, John and Icil Jensen, her sisters, Pam Jensen and Linda Dale, and numerous other relatives.

Joan is survived by the father of her children, Charles Cook, of Amarillo; her daughter, Shannon Cook, of Canyon, sons, Daniel Cook, of Canyon, and Brian Cook, of Denton; brother-in-law, Robert Hughes, of Iowa; a niece, Joanie Dale, and nephew, Michael Jensen, of Iowa, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Canyon, 2600 4th Avenue, Canyon, TX 79015.
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A private interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Canyon.


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David higgins

Posted at 02:48pm
Joan was a caring loving person.i dated her.we had some great memories.condolences to brian,Shannon and daniel.i know that was a huge loss

Audrey Taylor

Posted at 02:24pm
So sorry to learn that Joan died. This earth has lost another kind soul. I remember her cheerful and positive attitude as she served people and our Lord in many ways. Our sympathy is with the family. May God be with you, peace, Audrey Taylor, Kim, too

Robert Hughes

Posted at 01:51pm
Shannon, Dan, & Brian,
I and my family wish to express our deepest sympathy, for the loss of your mother. When Pam died, Joan was there for me all through the funeral and beyond. She was such a good friend and sister-in-law. We talked a lot on the phone through out. During my helping her with Icil's estate and them dealing with Pam's, Joan was so helpful and supportive. I will miss her a lot, as will everyone who knew her. She was a lot like a sister to me and I really cherished our relationship. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Bob Hughes

Anne Thomason

Posted at 10:59am
She was a lovely lady. My sincere condolences to your family. Her obituary was a tribute to her life.
With sympathy,
Anne Thomason

Amanda Henderson

Posted at 06:06pm
Joanie bologna we so love you and have thoroughly enjoyed our friendship for 15 years! Rest In Peace our beautiful friend.

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