Anne Brown Rawn “Becky” Cooke of Mathews, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at her home. She was 96 years old.
Born Feb. 1, 1918, in Huntington, W.Va., she was the daughter of Andrew Bryson Rawn and Elsa Brown Rawn, and sister of Andrew Bryson Rawn Jr., all deceased.
She was a graduate of Huntington High School, Gunston Hall School in Washington, D.C., and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and also attended Marshall College in Huntington. Before marriage, she worked for the American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.
She was married May 10, 1947 to John Warren Cooke at Trinity Episcopal Church, Foster, Va. Mr. Cooke died Nov. 28, 2009, aged 94.
Mrs. Cooke was a member of Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, and the board of directors of Tidewater Newspapers, Inc., Gloucester, Va.
She was a driving force in saving and restoration of the Tompkins Cottage, Mathews C.H., in the 1960s, after the county purchased the property and the old house on it with intention to use it for parking. She was a former member of the Mathews County Historical Society, St. Andrews Guild of Kingston Parish, Mathews County Woman’s Club, and the Garden Club of Gloucester.
She is survived by a son, Giles B. Cooke, and his wife Diane Nolan Cooke, of Silver Spring, Md., and daughter, Elsa Cooke Verbyla, and her husband Paul Verbyla, of Mathews.
Other survivors include her nephews, Andy Rawn and wife Irmgard of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Harvey Rawn and wife Suz of Somis, Calif., and their families.
A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester, conducted by the Rev. Daniel O. Worthington Jr. and the Rev. Isabel Steilberg.
It was Mrs. Cooke’s desire that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to a favorite charity.