Dorothy Marie Cook
Dorothy Marie Cook
  • July 23, 1940 - November 6, 2017
  • Fort Worth, Texas

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Dorothy Marie Sparkman Cook, 77 years old, met the Lord on November 6, 2017.

She was a native born Texan, born in Mineral Wells, TX, on July 23, 1940.Her parents were Eddie and Willie Lee Mackey Sparkman.

Dorothy was hearing impaired her entire life which on its own made her life quite challenging. Additionally, being raised as the youngest of four, with three older brothers, instilled a certain 'toughness' in her. Despite a hearing deficit, in 1959 she graduated from Trimble Tech High School in Ft. Worth, TX.

Then in 1967, she married Hubert Cook, the love of her life, and devoted the majority of her time to raising their son, Robert Cook.

She was baptized in the 70's at Polytechnic Baptist Church where the Cook family attended services at that time.Even though she always showed that tough outer facade to people, she really did have a tender heart as evidenced in her love for animals and nature.She adored her dog Chico and her many cats. Yes, she was one of those crazy cat ladies! She loved to cook, even for her pets, and she made the best corn casserole around these parts.

She was a strong, determined, and independent woman who was capable of whatever she put her mind to. She likened herself to the cartoon character Maxine.

The character Maxine is full of attitude, a little crazy, and says things how she sees them. Also, she always has her faithful companion Floyd by her side. Anyone who knew Dorothy and Chico would see why Dorothy self identified with Maxine. Her family feels certain the next time you see a Maxine cartoon you will chuckle and think about Dorothy and Chico.

Dorothy's favorite western author was Louie L'Amour. She liked western shows and movies, but Lonesome Dove proved to be the one that she'd watch over and over.

She was an avid football watcher as well. Of course, being a native Texan with a love for westerns, naturally her favorite football team was the Dallas Cowboys.

As we rolled into the 21st century, Dorothy discovered the Internet. A whole new world was at her fingertips. Where many elderly people avoid new technologies, Dorothy embraced them. She discovered new ways of communicating, learning, and being in-the-know regarding world events and happenings.

After suffering a stroke in 2014 Dorothy fought her way back to self sufficiency and returned to her own home after 6 months of therapy.

The desire of her heart was to live her life out in her own home. Her family is thankful that she got to do that.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her 3 brothers, and her spouse.

Survivors are her son, Robert Cook, his wife Liz Cook, and her grandson Kyle Cook. Additionally, other survivors include various extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy would be honored by your donation made to one of the following:

Goodrich Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2500 Lipscomb Street

Ft. Worth, TX 76110



Humane Society of North Texas

1840 East Lancaster Avenue

Ft. Worth, TX 76103


John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.