Nina Delvine Cook, community volunteer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed on September 23rd, 2018 at the age of 83.
Nina was born in Portland, Oregon on August 4th, 1935 to Doris Leona Martin Kiser and Carroll Eugene Kiser. She grew up in Waldport and Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Gresham High School in 1953.
Nina met Teddy Cook, in 1953, and they were married in Stevenson, Washington, on October 29, 1954. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage. They raised their 3 children in Oregon, going on many hunting, fishing, and camping trips throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The family celebrated Nina and Ted’s 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Alaska. Nina loved and was dedicated to each person she called family.
Nina worked as a legal secretary, and as an office manager and bookkeeper for a construction company.
Throughout her life – in work, hobbies and volunteer work – she made wonderful friends she treasured. She made new friends until the very end, inspiring others with her courage, strength of heart, and good humor.
Nina had a big heart for helping others. She volunteered at Snow Cap Community Charities, AARP Tax-Aide, NET (Neighborhood Emergency Training for disaster preparedness), and taught English as a second language. She was an avid reader and volunteered with Friends of the Library. She volunteered for the PTA and Boy and Girl Scouts during her parenting years.
Nina had a passion for creativity. She particularly enjoyed sewing classes with friends, crafting for her home, and making seasonal and holiday decorations with the family. She made gifts for family and friends and was an accomplished seamstress.
Nina was an enthusiastic Volkswalker, completing hundreds of miles of the noncompetitive group walks throughout Oregon and the U.S.; she also stayed fit walking the path at Glendoveer Golf Course with her lifelong friend Joyce.
Her greatest joy was time spent with grandchildren Joel, Adam, and Natalie, and great-grandchildren MaKenzie and Zoe. She attended every performance, graduation, field trip, birthday party and school event. She embraced every opportunity to support and encourage them, and to include them in her volunteer work and crafting activities.
Nina was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Cook. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband, Teddy Cook, daughters Donna Forman of Troutdale and Carol Cook Merwin of Portland, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to SnowCap Community Charities at snowcap.org.
A public service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on October 2nd at 12:30.
Nina’s family wishes to express our gratitude and appreciation to the caregivers at Brookdale Mt. Hood and Bristol Hospice – their thoughtfulness and extraordinary care made a difference for Nina and our entire family.