Marea Cooper Cook Aldridge

Friday, March 16, 1962 - Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Forever In Our Hearts

Photo of Marea Cooper Cook Aldridge  - 1962-2023

          “ To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

                                                                                                   Ecclesiates 3:1

Our hearts are saddened on this day, as we have lost Marea Elizabeth Cooper Cook Aldridge, age 61, on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Marea was born March 16, 1962, to Louise Messer Cooper and the late James D. “JD” Cooper. Marea was indeed a beautiful child and young lady growing up in her hometown of Canton. Her delightful outgoing personality touched everyone she met. Marea chose a career in the health care profession, where she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Haywood Regional Medical Center, Silver Bluff Village, and Canton Nursing Home. She was adored by all her patients and she brought a wonderful ray of sunshine into their lives each day. Spending time outdoors truly made Marea happy. Wonderful memories of visiting the beach, spending time at Fontana Lake, and going camping were special and happy times Marea always cherished. The river was also her favorite place to go swimming or just spend a lazy day floating down the river with family and friends. Marea always held a special place in her kind heart for her dogs and all animals.  When Marea spoke about her family, her beautiful smile radiated her great love for each of them. We give thanks for the life of Marea Cooper Cook Aldridge.  

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Larry Dean Cook, and her second husband, Keith Aldridge.

Surviving are her mother, Louise Messer Cooper of Canton; her son, Josh Cook and his wife, Natosha Cook of Canton; granddaughters, Loren Cook of Spartanburg, SC and Kendall Cook of Canton

A service of remembrance to celebrate the life of Marea will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2023 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Reverend Court Greene will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in Marea’s memory to The Crest View Center, 90 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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


Condolences from family and friends

Marea and i go back a long time with many wonderful memories.Condolences to her family and friends. i will never forget you Marea.Rest in Peace!
Janice Milner
The Pisgah Class of 1980 would like to extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of Marea
Pisgah Class of 1980
My deepest sympathy to you Louise, Josh and family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Juanita Dixon
So sorry to hear of Marea’s passing. Keeping all the family in my thoughts and prays.
Alba Jo Cook Sanford
Louise and Josh, My heartfelt condolences on the unexpected loss of Marea. I know she was loved and she loved her family. Rest in peace Marea, you will be missed.
Cindy Dixon-Owen
Josh, I’m so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, please know you are in my thoughts and praying for strength and comfort during this difficult time for you and your family. Love, your childhood friend, Jennifer Clontz.
Jennifer Pena
Josh you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Keitha Blalock
Louise, I am so sorry to hear about Marea. She was such a beautiful, sweet girl. Much love to you & Josh. ❤️ Marsha & Jim Furness
Marsha Furness
So sorry to hear about my friend and classmate. Your wonderful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved you
Danny Moffitt
Josh and family. So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come.
Gail McElrath Paxton
Didn't see her as often as I would have liked , but she will leave a hole in my heart . So sorry RIP
Brad Messer
Louise , Josh, and family, I am so sorry to hear of Marea”s passing. She and I were like sisters in our youth. We went to school together and double dated going on to be at each other’s wedding and the birth of our boys. We shared more laughs and tears and good memories Of a lifetime. You have my deepest sympathy ! She will be missed Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Vickie Farmer Ensley
Through Cindy I got to meet Maria. What a beautiful soul ! Sweet kind lady .I hope God Blesses her family with memories that last for years . she will be missed. Love and hugs to her family and friends. Janet
Janet McMahon
Josh, I’m so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Cynthia Burnette
I send my sincerest condolences to Marea's family. I grew up knowing her from first grade til her passing. Always was a warm inviting person. May God be with you all in this time of need.
Donald Bryson
Louise and Josh, We are so sorry to hear about Marea. She was a sweet and beautiful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love, Walter and Yvonne(Hums)McGee
Yvonne McGee
Louise, the loss of Marea saddens our heats! She was very special to us and our whole family. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Mitch and Nancy
Nancy and Mitch Allen
Josh, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was one of the sweetest, hardworking people I've ever met. She was always so proud of you and the girls. You are in my thoughts.
Teresa Surrett
Lousie and Josh we are so sorry to hear of Marea's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the months ahead.
Kevin and Alma Wells
Josh and family-Thinking of you and your family during this time with prayers and love.
Lee and Steve Hardin
I've always thought highly of Marea. She was a precious soul. May GOD comfort the family in these dark days. Through her sweet memories she lives on with us. My prayers are with you all.
Sheila Brown
Louise,Josh and Family Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you
Sheri Dixon-Henson
I am so very sorry for your loss. Marea was a beautiful child and grew to be a beautiful lady. Deepest condolences, Sharon
Sharon Byers Conner
Josh, Louise, and Family, I remember when Marea was born, she was our neighbor and everyone loved her. She always, always wore a contagious smile, never wore shoes...never, and graced everyone with her kind, sweet, gentle spirit. I remember she always spoke kindly of everyone and had an immense love for animals. I will miss her sweet smile and waves as she passed my home each day, but I know she is resting in Heavenly Peace. Please know others share your grief. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the difficult days ahead.
Debbie J. Lewis
Rip my friend
Jimmy Cogburn
I want to tell you the world has lost one of it's best. When I was goingthrough one of the darkest times of my life, Marea would let me tell her all about it,and understand ,I loved her like a sister ,I'll see her again in heaven! Until then I will think of her often.
Priscilla Irvin
Louise and Josh. So sorry to hear about Marea. You both are in my thoughts She was a sweet girl with a loving touch, love you all. Sandra
Sandra Dunn
I was so sorry to hear of Marea’s passing. She was a kind person who brightened the lives of many people. She will certainly be missed. May God comfort you and your family at this difficult time.
Gregg Stamey