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Frances Cook
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Frances Marcell Cook, 79, died peacefully Saturday, March 26 in a local care center.

Born on June 20, 1931 in Pawhuski, Oklahoma, to Franklin Everett Bailey and Allie Stoughbough Bailey, she was the youngest of three children. After many years of traveling around to different states, the family settled in Escalon.

In 1945 she met and married Arden Lee Cook, in the state of Washington. They moved back to Manteca where they had five children. In 1959 they moved their young family to Ripon. They were members of the First Baptist Church and she worked various jobs in and around Ripon.

At one time she owned and operated the Cookhouse (known as the Hob Nob and the Pink Platter) across the street from Ripon High School. In her later years, Mrs. Cook lived in the Vinewood Senior Apartments in Modesto, where she met many of her devoted friends. She loved to read about her American Indian Heritage. She was very proud of that heritage. She liked to read, do crafts, cook and to just sit and visit with family and friends.

Survivors include her five children, Arlene (Ron) Taylor of Modesto, Phillip (Mary) Cook of Ripon, Kathy (Fred) Demichelis of Escalon, Curtis (Kathy) Cook of Escalon, and Deborah (Dennis) Tyhurst of Inkom, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Elise and Shannon Taylor of Modesto, Toni Zuk of Oakdale, Corey (Joe) Dick of Escalon, Jacob (Jenny) Cook of Escalon, Joe Cook of Escalon, Ole Cook of Ripon, Clayton (Marcia) Cook of Seattle, Washington, Samantha Tyhurst of Boise, Idaho, Sabrina Tyhurst of Inkom, Idaho, and Jessica Tyhurst of Pocatello, Idaho; seven great grandchildren, Emily Taylor of Draper, Utah, Wesley and Kimberly Dick of Escalon, Wyatt Cook of Escalon, Austin Ropp of Modesto, and Bailey and Aaron Zuk of Oakdale.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Raymond and Ray Bailey.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m. at the Escalon Sportsman's Club.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel; there is an online guestbook available for you to share your memories and condolences; visit the website at

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