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Ora E. Cook

Ora E. Cook Dec. 24, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2013

WILLMAR - Ora E. Cook, age 91, of Willmar died on Friday, September 13, 2013, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Her funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Burial will be at the Spicer City Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ora Elizabeth Cook was born in Veggerville, Alberta Canada, to Earl and Rhoda Rowley, both U. S. Citizens, on December 24, 1921. When Ora was a baby, the family traveled in a horse-drawn covered wagon back to the U. S. and settled in Washington State for several years. The family later moved to Minnesota, where Ora graduated from New London High School. She went on to attend college in St. Cloud, MN graduating with a degree in teaching. Ora taught school in the area for a couple of years.

During World War II, Ora was employed and worked for the U. S. Federal Government at a very secluded, top secret military base in Hanford, WA. There she met Archie Hinnant. They were married in 1944. Ora and Archie traveled and were employed in different areas in Washington, Ora teaching school and Archie a barber. They had three children. The family moved to Oakridge, Tennessee, where they managed and worked in a restaurant. Ora and Archie were later divorced. Ora moved with her three children in 1957, to Spicer, MN.

Ora married Homer Cook in 1962. They owned and operated a summer resort for many years, and in conjunction, Ora worked at Sears and Roebuck Company in downtown Willmar, retiring after 20 years.

Ora was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Willmar where she volunteered regularly. She was also a long time member of the Rebekahs and the Order of the Eastern Star where Ora was elected to the honorable position of Worthy Matron. Ora loved to travel and tour. She toured all of the United States including Hawaii, and also many counties in Europe. Ora loved knitting, reading, doing arts and crafts and volunteering in the community. She also crocheted many afghans and slippers for her family and friends. You would often find Ora enjoying a cup of coffee with her friends.

Ora E. Cook died on Friday, September 13, 2013, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar, she was 91. Ora is survived by her children, Loretta (John) Schlick of Willmar, Lyle (Mary) Hinnant of Las Vegas, NV, and Linda Hinnant of Pennock; four grandchildren, Janet (Richard) Cleveland of Fredericksburg, VA, Kathryn (Jim) McLaren of Farmington, Tony Schuer of Chattanooga, TN, and Shawn (Shanda) Hinnant of Dakota Dunes, SD; three great grandchildren, Karenda, Chase, and Jae McLaren.

Ora was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer; three sisters, one brother, and granddaughter, Karen Fenstra.