Mrs. Irene Cook, Friend, Benafactor, Founding Board Member of JMVFD



On behalf of the Board of Directors of JMVFD and its volunteers, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mrs. Irene Cook. Mrs Cook was instrumental in forming and assisting JMVFD in the early days of its planning and formation. She continued to assist the department in many  ways throughout the 10 years. She was instrumental in the design and building of our Fire dept Station 1 on Skinner Lane.

She was always freely willing to offer her wit, wisdom and insights, troubleshooting issues with humor, as well as being a generous benefactor since the founding of JMVFD ten years ago. Her business acumen, big heart, and love for her community was driving force in bringing fire protection to northern Gregg County. She preferred to remain in the background and did not seek notoriety for the things she did to make our community a better place to live.

She is a founding JMVFD board member, and holds a permanent honorary seat, in perpetuity. She was a friend, avid supporter, as well as a person with incredible foresight and demanded excellence. Her generosity, insight and business knowledge all contributed to the ongoing successes of many organizations especially JMVFD. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her daughters and son during this difficult time.

As a tribute, her obituary which was in Longview News Journal will be posted below. The times for calling hours tonight is 5-7pm, Friday at Radar Funeral home.

Though she has left this earth, her memory will live on in the hearts of all the people and organizations she touched and helped during her lifetime. Here legacy of love and generosity will live on in the hearts of many as well as in the meeting & board rooms of all the  organizations her generosity helped. The impact she had in our community is self evident. May our heartfelt gratitude be shown for the positive impact she made in our lives and in our community.  Thank you Mrs Cook and your family in helping keep our community safe!

By: George F Zerucha, M.T.S, Former Vice-President, Board Member JMVFD, Social Media Webmaster

Irene Flegle Haden Owen Cook

The visitation will be at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas, Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be at First Methodist Church of Longview on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Roy James officiating.  


Irene Flegle Haden Owen Cook passed away on June 18, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born November 24, 1926 in Wheeling, Wyo. to John Jacob Owen and Mae Miller Sanders Owen. She attended LSU and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Beta Gamma Chapter. In addition, she was in both the Kappa Delta Phi and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies. She graduated from LSU with a degree in Home Economics Education.

Family was everything to Mrs. Cook. She met her husband Ben H. Cook while at LSU, and they married on August 20, 1948. She and Ben had three children, Lura, Terry, and Paul, to whom they devoted their lives. This devotion extended to their granddaughters and great-grandson as the family grew.

Mrs. Cook and her husband were longtime members of First Methodist Church of Longview. Mrs. Cook was dedicated to the work of the Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Heartsway Hospice, and was instrumental in the creation of the Judson Metro VFD that serves so many of the people of Longview. She also sponsored the Letourneau University East Texas Honors Scholarship fund.

She was a true matriarch who taught strength and determination to all who knew her, all while maintaining grace and humility. Her loss is felt both in her family and in her community.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mae Owen; brothers, John Jacob and Curtis Leroy Owen; husband, Ben H. Cook; and son, Paul Stuart Cook.

She is survived by her daughters, Lura Norman and Terry Slater both of Longview; son-in-law, Bill Norman also of Longview; granddaughters, Nikki Norman Briscoe of Longview, Tonya Norman of Redding, Calif., Katherine Cook of Fort Worth, Sarah Cook of Forth Worth , and Natalie Slater of Tulsa, Okla.; and great-grandson, Dylan Briscoe of Longview.

She wanted to especially thank the devoted and dependable care givers and staff who so enriched her life. The family would like to thank the staff at Comfort Keepers for their devoted care and Heartsway Hospice for their outstanding support in her final days.

The visitation will be at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas, Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be at First Methodist Church of Longview on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Roy James officiating. A reception will follow the service at Cook Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory, to Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Heartsway Hospice, First United Methodist Church of Longview, East Texas Honors Scholarship Endowment, or the charity of your choice.
Please leave online condolences at www.raderfh.com