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Lilma Mary (Krenz) Cook, 95, of Thomasville, N.C., formerly of Nantucket, Mass., where she had made her home for 63 years, passed away May 24, 2017, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lilma was born December 5, 1921, to Otto Leopold Krenz and Mary (Seaman) Krenz in Des Moines, Iowa, the second of two daughters.
She married Frederic William Cook on June 1, 1945, in Sioux City, Iowa. They lived in Washington, D.C. for several years before making their home on Nantucket Island.
Lilma is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a good and dear friend to many. She enjoyed music, reading, puzzles, needlework, and playing games. She was particularly fond of cribbage, and was pleased to have once had a perfect 29 hand.
Lilma graduated from Central High School, Sioux City, Iowa, Class of 1939. She worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Sioux City, Iowa, Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, Washington, D.C., and Buttner’s Department Store on Nantucket. She was also a children’s librarian at the Nantucket Atheneum, and later worked for many years as an underwriter at A.G. Brock Insurance Agency.
Lilma had an active life on Nantucket Island, where she was a dedicated volunteer and community member. She was a Brownie Girl Scout leader, served as PTA treasurer, and supported the Nantucket Atheneum with her volunteer work. She served annually as a town election worker and also gave her time to Nantucket Cottage Hospital and to Salt Marsh Senior Center.
Lilma was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Sherburne Chapter, in which she held the position of the Star Point Esther and was also Worthy Matron. She also served a year’s term as Deputy Grand Matron in the Massachusetts Grand Chapter.
A member of the First Congregational Church, Lilma was very active as clerk, on the Diaconate, the music board, and the memorial committee, and was Ladies’ Union Circle treasurer for many years. She regularly visited shut-ins as part of her service to the church community. She loved singing and was a dedicated member of the choir. Lilma was honored in June, 2006 for her devotion and many contributions to and work for the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederic William Cook, and her sister, Gretchen Haverkamp Stults. Lilma is survived by her four children, David (Kathryn) Cook of Brownsville, Tenn., Christine (Jerry) Everhart of Thomasville, N.C., Linda Cook of Gloucester, Patricia (Paul Frick) Cook of Nottingham, N.H.; seven grandchildren, Rachel (Bob) Freeman, Adam (Julie) Cook, Andrew (Anne) Everhart, Terry (Lauren) Everhart, Lori (Nicholas) Mueller, Colin Dieck, and Christopher (Jacqueline Chapman) Dieck; and eight great-grandchildren. Lilma also leaves two nieces and a nephew, several beloved cousins, and many dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date on Nantucket. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to First Congregational Church, 62 Centre St., PO Box 866, Nantucket, MA 02554, or Salt Marsh Senior Center, 81 Washington St., Nantucket, MA 02554.
Published on  June 7, 2017
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