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Betty Cook

PIPER CITY — Betty Lorraine Cook, 91, a resident of Savoy, formerly of Piper City, passed away Sunday (May 12, 2019) at Meadowbrook Nursing Home, Urbana.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Friday at Piper City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Elizabeth Reis will officiate. Burial will follow at Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.

Betty was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Lloyd “Bing” and Barbara Marksteiner Eveland, and they preceded her in death. Betty married Ronald Bishop Cook on June 29, 1952, at Piper City United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1983.

She is survived by one son, John Cook (Joan), Watseka; two daughters, Connee Giampapa, Whittier, Calif., and Lori Ann Cook-Neisler (Joe), Jackson, Tenn.; five grandsons, Matthew Cook (Reilly), Lakewood, Colo.; Bryan Cook, Chicago; John Giampapa, Nick Giampapa and Chad Giampapa, all of California; one great-grandson, Logan Cook; one brother, Charles Eveland (Dorothy), Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty graduated from Piper City High School, Illinois State University and attended Columbia University in the city of New York. Mrs. Cook taught at Kempton High School, LaGrange Junior High School and Piper City High School and assisted her husband at Cook's IGA Foodliner in Piper City. Betty was a house mother at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, from 1991-2001.

Betty was very active in the Piper City United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the Piper City Monday Night Reading Circle. Betty enjoyed travel, bridge, gardening, whale watching and the arts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piper City United Methodist Church or donor's choice. Arrangements by Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home, Gilman.

Please share a memory of Betty at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.

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