Mary Lee Nelson McCook, age 75, passed away peacefully in her home with her husband by her side on March 6, 2018. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, on February 26, 1943, the only child of Jack and LaVera Nelson. At age eight, she was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remained faithful in her testimony throughout her life. Since childhood, Mary endured health issues yet never complained and was known for her cheerful countenance and positive attitude.
On April 18, 1963, she married Wallace Martin McCook, in the Los Angeles Temple. They made their home in Tempe, AZ and raised a family of six children. She developed amazing homemaking skills, including cooking, sewing, and teaching her children. They will remember her as being an excellent listener who was accepting of everyone, a Mom who made life fun! Mary had many opportunities to serve in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society, and always lovingly served. In September 1998, she served an 18-month mission with her husband in the Family History Mission, Ancestral File Department, 6th Foor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, in Salt Lake City, UT.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband and children: John (Heather) McCook, Kathy (Bill) Lloyd, Jim (Cindy) McCook, Laura (Evan) Allred, Jackie (Mark) Latta, Carrie (Jason) Bennett; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2549 N 32nd Street, Mesa, AZ. The family will begin receiving friends at 9:30 am, followed by the funeral at 11:00 am. Interment at Mesa City Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the people of Reflections Hospice for their tender support of our father in caring for our mother. We also want to thank all of the kind members of our church who have happily served our parents. Funeral arrangements by Bunker Family Funerals.