Chole Cook

1921 - 2012

Chloe Cook, formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, in Portland, at the age of 91 years. An inurnment will be held at a later date in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Chloe Cook to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center (Special Needs) in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.

V. Chloe Cook was born June 29, 1921, to George R. and Sarah Ellen (Lillard) Wood in Brownfield, Mo. She grew up in the area and attended a country school through the eighth grade. Chloe graduated from high school and continued her education achieving her teaching certificate. She taught in rural schools for four years. On Jan. 29, 1938, she married Clarence Cook, who was also a teacher. Together the couple visited friends in Freewater in the early 1940s, helping with fruit orchards for three months during the summer. After moving several times over the next couple of years they moved west and settled in Freewater in the summer of 1945. Raising their daughter Panzella, Chloe and Clarence leased a fruit orchard and purchased property just outside of town. She lived on the property for more than 50 years. Clarence preceded Chloe in death on May 15, 1982. Chloe was a member of the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge #2146 & E.S.A. sorority, for several years. She enjoyed dancing, vacations, and her friends and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Panzella Peterson of Portland; one grandchild, Tawny; and four great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband; a brother, Robert Wood; sister; Vera, and grandson, Troy, all preceded her in death. To leave a condolence online visit

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