Geraldine "Gerri" Conard Cook

Friday, July 17, 1936 - Saturday, December 26, 2020

Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother

Photo of Geraldine "Gerri" Conard Cook  - 1936-2020

Canton - Geraldine “Gerri” Conard Cook, age 84, passed away at her home on Saturday, December 26, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was born July 17, 1936 to the late James and Ruby Conard.

Gerri, as she always preferred to be called, held a deep and enduring devotion to her family that extended from her parents, brothers, and sister, to her children and grandchildren, and she lovingly and wholeheartedly committed her life to theirs. Gerri was actively engaged in the lives of her grandchildren who adoringly called her “Nana,” and she strived to encourage all of them to be themselves and to live their best life. Nothing brought her more happiness than being with her grandchildren.

Although Gerri had chosen not to pursue a college education following high school, that did not prevent her from indulging her intellectual interests. She maintained a beautiful open mind with a high degree of curiosity throughout her life, and was an avid reader of books. She carried her last name well as an excellent “cook,” loving to create delicious meals for anyone who would have a seat at her table. Gerri loved to laugh, entertain, and be with the people she loved.

Mrs. Cook was creatively talented and in addition to sharing her creations with family and friends, she also enjoyed participating in craft shows for many years. She was always generous and willing to help others, lending a hand to anyone who needed assistance. Gerri will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Melita Cook Sorrells; granddaughter, Tamsen Powers Burleson; four brothers, Bob Conard, Charles Conard, Larry Conard, and Jim Conard; and a sister, Jeannie Stephenson.

Surviving are her loving husband of 68 years, Guy L. Cook; three children, Vicki Cook Powers and her husband Tom, Guy Dean Cook and his wife Karen, and Sherri Cook Burch; three grandchildren, Caleb Burch, Tori Powers Hughes, and Tessa Powers Hull; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Howard Conard.

Private services will be held for Mrs. Cook. Also, a graveside service to honor the life of Mrs. Cook will be held and announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Cook's memory to Haywood County Hospice,43 Bowman Drive, Waynesville, NC 28785 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Cook family.


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Condolences from family and friends

Gerri was a sweet neighbor and was Guy. I baby sat for her and the kids were wonderful. My love to Guy and all the family. Prayers for comfort during this time of loss. Ruby Lee Shipman Crumpler
Ruby Crumpler
Sherri and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She loved you from birth and you loved her through her passing to the next realm and that love will endure forever. May God grace you with comfort and strength during this time. May your journey continue and you treasure your memories and hold them fast in your heart. Your Mother is sitting at the feet of Jesus, whole and happy! Sending you hugs, love and peace! Love, Cheryl
Cheryl Summey
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
Dean, Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Angie Deaver
Guy and family, I as sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.- The Trull family.
Brenda Trull Bland
Guy,Dean, Sherry and Vickie we feel your sorrow but we know you rejoice in the glory of your beloved wife and Mother entering Heaven . You can always cherish all the times and love you all shared with her may God bless and be with all of you
Vicki and Daniel Gregg
Sherrie, Guy and family know that Gerri is free and whole again. Fond memories will help during those sad times to follow. Keep reaching deep for the memories as you need them to give you comfort. Margaret and Jerry Parker
Margaret Parker
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
The Romeo Family
Sherri, you, your sweet daddy, and family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know you are all glad she is no longer suffering. Blessings to all of you. Love, Deb
Deb Roberts
Sherri & family, Sending you all of my love during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Amy White
I have so many great memories of practically living at my Aunt Gerri and Uncle Guy's house when I was growing up. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. And yes, she could cook!! My thoughts are with you, Guy, Vicki, Dean and Sherri. Hold on to the memories. Love you all very much!!
Joy & Patrick McManus
Sheri, you are forever blessed with your mother’s love. That will forever be in your heart. I’m sure she knew how blessed she was to have you care for her and your Dad during these difficult times. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Pat McGrath
To all of the Cook family, our family is so saddened with your loss. Guy and Gerri were such wonderful neighbors and friends. Many prayers for you.
donnie henson
Sorry to hear of Gerri's passing, our prayers and thoughts are with Sherri and all the family.
Fran & George
Sherry and family, sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
Gayle Ammons
Guy, Sherry, and Dean, we were very sorry to read of Mrs. Cook’s passing. May God be especially close to you during this sad time.
Harold and Cathy Walsh
Dean, Karen and family, May good memories and God's peace give you comfort.
Pam Ledford
My love and prayers care with you all. Always be my family even though not by blood. Love you, Linda "Lou"
Linda Queen Roberts
Vicki and Sherri, Your Mom was a beautiful lady. Not just physically but more importantly from her heart and that beauty radiated outward to others. She was very creative and funny. I always enjoyed the times I got to come spend the night with you. She was a rare gem. Much Love and Peace to you and your family.
Karen Burnette