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    Donna Jean Cook, 91, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on May 6, 2024, at the age of 91, at Ashflat, Arkansas. She was born on September 17, 1932, in the Village of Stockton, Illinois to Clarence Kent and Edna (Leopold) Kent.
Donna lived a simple and content life, never needing or wanting things to be fancy. Her favorite hobbies included knitting, puzzle books, puzzles, and reading Harlequin Romance Books. Always happy and content with life, Donna had a warm and caring personality that endeared her to those around her.

    Donna was married twice in her lifetime. Her first husband was Kenneth “Pete” West, and they were married on February 2, 1953, in Pecatonica, Illinois. Her second husband was Hadley Cook, and they were married on April 14, 1962, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. She was a dedicated member of the Union Hill Community Church of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, where she attended for over 30 years. Donna will be remembered for her kind heart, willingness to help others, and her love for animals and her family. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

    She leaves behind a loving family, including her son James “Jim” West, daughter Cheryl Brown (Mike), and son Danny Cook (Connie). Donna was also a cherished grandmother to Tonya, Jessica, Ronnie, James, Ben, Mary, and Phillip “Phil,” and a doting great-grandmother to Issac Lee, Adalynn, and Koda, brother, Kenneth Kratzer, and her best friend, Ruby Bowers, along with many other loved ones.

    Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth “Pete” West, husband, Hadley Cook, daughter, Misty Dawn Kelley, and stepdaughter, Beverly Ward.

All memorials can be given to :

Shriners Children’s
c/o Donor Relations
2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

    Services will be officiated by Brother Chad Hurst. Pallbearers will be : Shawn Ward, Kevin Jones, James Brown, and Ronald Kelley. Honorary pallbearer will be Angie Dickey. 

Visitation will be May 9, 2024, Thursday, at 10:00 a.m.  the Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, Missouri. 

Funeral will be May 9, 2024, Thursday, at 12:00 p.m.  at the Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be May 9, 2024, Thursday, at the Field Creek Cemetery of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. 

Services under the care of Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, MO. 


1 Comment

  1. Cindi Poulson and Barbara Poulson
    May 7, 2024 @ 4:57 pm

    Cheryl and Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Even though I didn’t have the privilege of knowing your mom, I felt like I did! Talking to you and hearing stories made me feel like I knew her. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort for the days ahead sweet friend.


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