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In Memory of

Joanne Joyce Cook

January 10, 1925 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Joanne Joyce Brault Cook

It is with great sadness that her family announces that Joanne
Joyce Cook, a long-time Colorado Springs resident, died on
November 23, 2016. She passed away peacefully after a
recent sudden decline in her health.

Joanne was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 10, 1925 to
Arthur and Myrtle Brault. She grew up in Sioux City as the
oldest of their three children and graduated from Central
High School. She briefly attended MacMurray College for
Women in Jacksonville, Illinois before transferring to the
University of Arizona where she...

Joanne Joyce Brault Cook

It is with great sadness that her family announces that Joanne
Joyce Cook, a long-time Colorado Springs resident, died on
November 23, 2016. She passed away peacefully after a
recent sudden decline in her health.

Joanne was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 10, 1925 to
Arthur and Myrtle Brault. She grew up in Sioux City as the
oldest of their three children and graduated from Central
High School. She briefly attended MacMurray College for
Women in Jacksonville, Illinois before transferring to the
University of Arizona where she studied Spanish and
Archaeology. It was in Tucson where she met the love of her
life, Kelly Francis Cook, while he was training to become a
B-24 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
Following his return from combat service with the 15th Air
Force in Italy, Kelly and Joanne married in Sioux City and
started a family, which grew to include six children.

Following her husband's return from the Korean War Joanne
accompanied him during numerous assignments throughout
his career with the U.S. Air Force, which included postings in
Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, and Maine. Joanne first
came to Colorado Springs in 1959, when her husband served
as an English professor and cadet instructor at the newly-
established U.S. Air Force Academy. She and the family later
accompanied him on a liaison assignment to the Royal Air
Force College in Cranwell, England and then on to Davis-
Monthan AFB in Tucson. Joanne lived with her children in
California while her husband deployed with the 7th Air Force
to Da Nang, South Vietnam. It was during this assignment
that he was reported Missing-in-Action, and remains an MIA,
following an F-4 bombing mission over North Vietnam in
November 1967.

At her request, the Air Force moved Joanne back to Colo-
rado Springs the following year, where she continued to raise
her family while awaiting word on her husband's status.
During this time Joanne was active in various associations of
wives whose husbands were either Missing-in-Action or
Prisoners of War in Vietnam. When the war ended and her
husband did not return from Vietnam, the Air Force declared
her husband legally deceased.

Joanne chose to remain in Colorado Springs and continue
raising her family. She enjoyed many hobbies, including
history, reading and world travel. Over the years she was
also regularly involved in bowling and bridge with the Retired
Officers' Wives Club and served as a volunteer with the Red
Cross. She was also a skilled knitter and sewer, and made
many of the family's clothes. Joanne also loved spending time
with her children, grandchildren, and other family members,
as well as traveling to the mountains and ghost towns around
Colorado. She was an avid chef and never let anybody go
hungry. Joanne was known for her gracious hospitality and
friendliness, and never met a stranger. She was also
particularly fond of watching the aspen trees change colors in
the Colorado Rockies in the autumn, as well as supporting the
Air Force Academy Falcons football team, the Notre Dame
Fighting Irish, and her beloved Denver Broncos.

Joanne will forever be remembered for her strength in the
face of adversity, resilience, dignity, patience, caring, under-
standing, sense of humor, honesty, loyalty and her deep and
abiding love for her family.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents as well as her
brother Robert Brault. Left to cherish her memory is her
large extended family, including her sister Barbara Bernard of
Rapid City, South Dakota.. She is also survived by her sister-
in-law Elizabeth Cook of Lexington, Kentucky and sister-in-
law Suzanne Brault of Green Bay, Wisconsin.She is also
survived by her daughters Nancy Collins (Paul), Marilyn Gall,
Kathleen Cook (Jack Busher), Maureen Kozak (Ray), and sons
Brian (Virginia) and Daniel (Gena). She also leaves eleven
grandchildren - Lauren (Radu), Tanner, Michael, Becky (Rob),
Kevin, Kelly (Jorden), Andrew, Ellen, Caroline, Emily, Charlie,
- her great-granddaughter Leven, sixteen nieces and nephews,
and dozens of other relatives and close family friends. This
includes Barbara Moothart, another MIA spouse who became
Joanne's "fifth daughter" and who provided her and the Cook
family with many years of loyal friendship, love and care,
particularly during Joanne's final days.

A celebration of Joanne's life will take place at St. Paul's
Roman Catholic Church on Monday December 5th at 9 am,
followed by interment at the U.S. Air Force Academy
Cemetery alongside a memorial marker for her husband. Her
family will host a visitation at Swann-Law Funeral Home on
Sunday December 4th from 4-8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in her name
to Catholic Charities (228 N. Cascade Avenue - 719 636
-2345) or Silver Key Senior Services (1625 S. Murray -
719 884 2300). The family also wishes to thank the nurses and
staff of the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, Brookdale Skyline
and Interim Healthcare for their compassion and care.

Arrangements under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs, CO.

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.