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Janice Cook

Oct 9th, 1951 - Jul 17th, 2020

Graveside Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at Bunker Cemetery

Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.


   Janice K. Cook, age 68, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, July 17, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. 

   She was born October 9, 1951, in Flora, the daughter of Russell and Mickie (Cailteux) Cook.

   She is survived by her parents: Russell and Mickie Cook of Rinard; a brother: Steve (Mary) Cook of Carmi; nieces: Kristen (Jeremy) Smiddie of Carmi, Kendra (Andy) Knott of Indianapolis, IN, and Karie (Danny) Farris of West Liberty; and great nieces and nephews: Jaxson and Madison Smiddie, Hattie, Sydnie, Ellie, and Josie Knott, and Adelyn and Landen Farris.

   Janice attended Johnsonville grade school and graduated with the Flora Township High School Class of 1969.  She then went on to get her teaching degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  Janice taught Special Education at North Clay Elementary and North Clay Jr. High School from 1975 until her retirement in 2009.  Known as “Miss Cookie”, she always had a smile and a kind word for her students over the years.  Janice was of the Methodist faith.

   A graveside ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at Bunker Cemetery.  Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.  Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora assisted the family with arrangements.  Memorial donations are suggested to Bunker Cemetery or Xenia United Methodist Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.  Social distancing is required, and further direction will be given to those attending the ceremony.  To share a memory or condolence visit:


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Anita Dickerson

July 19th

She will be missed was a wonderful customer always trying to cheer us up when she was waiting on us to slice her items. Prayers for the family..

Ron and Donna Gambrel

July 19th

I loved to hear her laugh. She was such a happy and wonderful person inside and out. She will be missed by so many friends.

Terry Igert

July 19th

We are so sorry to hear about Janice! Praying for you all!!!

Bud & Linda Martin

July 19th

Our sympathies and prayers to the family of our friend, Janice. We’ve known her since our good ole FTHS school days. She was such a happy, fun, witty and outgoing person. She always had a smile. To know Janice was to love her. She will be sorely missed by all. Heaven has gained another angel. RIP Janice 💕

Rob & Angie McKnight

July 19th

So sorry to hear. Janice was always so funny and a joy to be around. Prayers are with her family.

Donna Kincaid Phillips

July 19th

Oh Janice, I'm so sorry you left this world but happy to know your in the comfort of our Lord and Savior. Prayers and hugs to your family in this time of sorrow. I lit a candle with the flag because I know how patriotic and passionate you were for this troubled world. Your at peace now and we all will miss you, but the Angels are singing with joy upon your arrival in Heaven. R.I.P.

Sue Hampsten

July 19th

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms around you. Bless you

Ferne Harrell

July 19th

So sorry for your loss. Lots of good memories.

Wanda Eastin

July 19th

Janice and I taught together at North Clay Elementary School in Louisville. She was a fun-loving person and nice to be with. She will be missed.

Larry Davis

July 19th

Very sorry to hear about Janice. We became Facebook Friends. Shared stories about Janice's Uncle Bob Cook, who I saw at Tim Keith's General Store when Bob has just got a brand new 1959 White Ford Galaxy Retractable Hard Top. Janice recalled the fun she had riding with her Uncle Bob on his motorcycle, as a young Girl ...

Cathy Sledge Kieta

July 19th

I’m so sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. She always had a smile in her face and a kind word in her heart.

Pat Gillenwater

July 19th

Janice was always a bright spot in our days at North Clay Elementary School. She was a sympathetic listener to her coworkers and her students. Janice cared deeply for her students. My sympathy to her family. Janice will be entertaining Heaven in her special way and keep the laughs going.

Rick and Trudy Stanford

July 19th

She will so missed in this community and others. She was always so upbeat and fun to be around anytime. She always donated to my Grandson's traveling baseball team and I am sure she did these special things for others and she did not boast about it. She was a caring and sharing person. Janice, we love. R.I.P.

Steve and Nancy Mink

July 19th

Going to miss you daily. Fly high

Tim Burnett

July 19th

My condolences to the Cook family .

Charlie and Patty Peters

July 20th

So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Shelly Guinn

July 19th

Sorry to hear of Janice's passing, she was a great teacher,may god comfort each one of you!! She'll always be remembered ❤

Veda Fatheree

July 20th

Wow Funny Lady! You will be so missed here but I know you will be so welcomed in your next life......please watch for me, we will have more happy times.....what a blessing of a friend you've always been! Till then.....keep laughing Cookie!

Terri Gill Barche

July 20th

Janice was an excellent teacher with a caring heart and a great sense of humor. She was also a very good friend to me and so many others. She will be remembered for making us all happier people. Thank you, Janice, until I see you again.

Derek & Wendy Greenwood

July 20th

Janice will be missed by all of us that knew her. She was such a caring and wonderful lady! Prayers for all the family.

Shaun Martin

July 20th

Janice was a one of kind. She wasn't my teacher but that never mattered she would still greet you, joke around with you, or check in to see how you were doing. So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.

Glenda Cooper

July 19th

Russell and family you all have my deepest sympathies. Janice was a one of a kind lady, always smiling and had some kind of lovely advice . A bright light has went out in this world, she was simply the best, loved by everyone. Fly high my friend until we meet again.

Sylvia McCrory

July 20th

Mickie and Russel so sorry for your loss. Sylvia

Denise Tadlock

July 20th

I am so sad about Cookie's passing. She was such a joy to be around and made learning so much easier and fun. Our lives we're much brighter with her there. Thank you dear friend.

Barb Bright

July 20th

In the past few years our paths have crossed while waiting in line at Dairy Queen...she always had a smile!! Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

Kathy Roberson

July 20th

You will be sadly missed, my friend...thank you for being a good friend and colleague! Condolences to the family...🙏

Gary and Rita Cooper

July 20th

she touched So Many Lives.... She Helped So Many Children... Her Smile and Whittey since of Humor will be MISSED!! SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

Willie and Dana Johnson

July 19th

So sorry to hear about Janus she was a one of a kind gal fun to be around and always said what was on her mind.

Terri Glaspy Evans

July 20th

So sorry for your family's loss. May God be with you during these difficult days ahead.

Donnita Lewis

July 20th

Your funny sense of humor and your presence will be miss..❤🙏

Bill and Robin Atwood

July 20th

I am so sorry for your loss. We loved this lady, always a ray of sunshine!

Carmen Frost

July 20th

Good-bye to a good friend and fellow Cardinal fanatic!!

Diane Becker

July 20th

So sorry to hear about Janice .I loved working with her when I worked at Louisville .she was such kind and a wonderful teacher and made her students come first ahe loved her teaching always a smile and great sence humour and was a great person enjoyed knowing her

Steve and Betty Stanford

July 20th

She is definitely going to be missed by all who knew her. She was always a delight to be around


July 20th

Prayers for the family she will surely be missed she was a great person

Zach, Mandy and Riley Butcher

July 20th

What a wonderful person and teacher! We will always remember her! Praying for her family!!!!!

Debbie Hampton

July 20th

So sorry to hear of Janice’s passing, she was a wonderful woman and a great teacher. Praying for her family.

Kathy (Peacher) and Family

July 20th

I was so sad to hear about Janice. So many fun memories in high school..her smile and laughter always lit the room...she will be missed on earth..yet another Angel flying high watching over us. Love and comfort to the family.

Rick and Vickie Spidle

July 20th

Prayers for the family.

Sharon and Mike Gray

July 20th

Sorry for your loss. Janice was a fun loving beautiful lady. She enjoyed life to the fullest and made sure everyone else did too. Heaven gained an angel. Prayers of comfort for all the family.

Karen McMahon

July 20th

Janice was such an integral part of the North Clay family. She had such a kind heart and was so full of joy. Janice will be missed by many. I am so glad that I was privileged to work with her and have her as a friend.

Russell &Denise Anderson

July 20th

Our prayers for family. Can't say how sad was to hear. Great smile and friend. Will be missed.

Jerry and Carolyn Bible.

July 20th

Russell and Mickie, Steve and Mary and their family We are so saddened at the loss of Janice. She was a wonderful friend and we loved her dearly . Please accept our prayers for peace and comfort. ❤️

David Rudy

July 21st

Always had a good feeling when you saw Janice coming near. You knew it was going to be a happy experience! Prayers for Steve and family.

Roberta Schnepper

July 21st

I was so shocked to hear of Janice's passing. She was a nice, friendly lady. I always enjoyed talking with her.

Wayne & Ricki Lapington

July 22nd

We are so sorry for your loss. Janice was a very special Lady. She will be truly missed. 🙏

Deb Grahn

July 21st

So very sorry for your loss!! Teaching with Janice was never dull!! She had a way of brightening up the day!! She loved her students!! She will be so missed by many!! May God bring comfort to your family.

Chris & Amanda Byam

July 22nd

Janice was beautiful person inside and out. She always was quick with a smile and a kind word. She made the world a better place. Sending prayers to all the family

Karen Williamson

July 21st

Sorry to hear about Janice. Prayers for the family. I worked with Janice in her classroom for over 7 years. Lunch time was never dull she always had the room in stitches. Jance will be missed by many.

Walter J. Chaney

July 21st

Thoughts and prayers!

Steve and Linda Spicer

July 21st

We were so saddened by the loss of Janice. She was a special lady and she will be missed. Special prayers for her family.

Meryl Woods Jr

July 21st

So sorry for your loss my thought's and prayers go out to the family.

Shawna Ann Yingst

July 21st

I will miss you dearly because you were a good teacher at NCJHS in Louisville Il You will be missed Love by your favorite student, Shawna Ann Yingst

Brenda (Wakefield) Evans

July 21st

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. She always had a smile and a funny story to tell. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Sincerely, Brenda Evans

Rick Payne

July 21st

so sorry for your loss. Janice was a joy to be around

Bryan West

July 21st

Great lady and a great teacher! Prayers for the family.

Terry Shepherd, Carbondale, IL

July 21st

I began teaching in the College of Education at SIU Carbondale in 1971. Janice Cook was a student in one of my classes in the early 1970's. There are not a lot of students that my nearly 80 year old mind can recall from my 28 years of teaching at SIU; Janice is certainly one. A year or so after she was in one of the classes that I taught, she taught our son, Mark Shepherd. (It may have been when he was in the Archway Program. Mark, now 54, is disabled by autism, Tourette's Syndrome and visual issues.) Some years later, at her invitation, I did an in-service session for teachers in Louisville IL. I grew up in Edwards County. My wife, Wilda (Milner) grew up in the Geff, IL community. As I recall, we had some conversations about Tim Keith's store in Rinard. Janice was a special and dynamic teacher and advocate for her pupils. I am sure she will be missed by many. She has a special place in my memory; she was a blessing to our family.

Dwaine and Kitty Wendling

July 21st

We have known Ms Cookie for many years, and oh what a wonderful gal she was! She would brighten your day with her contagious smile! She will be missed by many! Love ya gal!

Steve & Misty(Wiegel) Wheeler

July 21st

So sorry to hear about Janice. She always had a smile on her face and always looked so happy. She will me missed by many. Sending hugs to all her family and friends.

Bill & Charlene Gilmore

July 23rd

We are thinking of you with sympathy and prayers. God Bless You!

Kathy & Dennis Mills

July 23rd

So sorry to hear about Janice, she was "the life of the party." Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Diana Lomas

July 23rd

sending prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss

Mike Worthey Family

July 24th

Janice touched the hearts of all of us. She was kind, funny and so loved. We are so sorry for your loss and pray comfort on everyone. She will be missed.

Randy and Kay Miller

July 26th

So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you with His comfort and presence.

Kelly Stortzum

July 26th

I had the pleasure of teaching with Janice at North Clay for 20 years. She truly cared for all the students in her classes, and would give an outstanding effort to help them succeed. My deepest sympathy to all her family members.

Lisa Haycock

July 29th

So sorry to hear of Ms. Janice's passing...I got to know her through my work. She was always the best customer and she always made our day with her stories when she came in...Never complained and was always a hoot. We will definitely miss her...Prayers for your family



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