Beverly Jean Cook, beloved teacher, and cherished member of the Independence community, passed away peacefully on August 29, 2023. She was born on June 10, 1935, in her hometown of Independence, Kansas. Dedicating a 30-year teaching career with USD 446. She continued to share her knowledge and love for teaching as a substitute teacher until the age of 80.
After earning her master’s degree from Pittsburg State University, Beverly began her teaching journey. Throughout the years, she enlightened countless young students as she passionately taught both kindergarten and 3rd grade.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Beverly possessed numerous talents and interests that endeared her to those around her. Beverly was an active member of the First Baptist Church. She served on multiple boards and committees at the church, where she found great joy in giving back to others. Additionally, she was a proud member of the Garden Club, the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA), and the Red Hats. Through these organizations, Beverly formed lasting friendships with fellow members who shared similar passions.
In addition to her professional achievements and hobbies, family remained paramount in Beverly's life. She was a loving wife to Orval "Cookie" Cook with whom she shared many joyous years together. She is survived by their children: daughter Venessa (Douglas) Alford, son Jeffeory Cook, daughters Stacy (David) Andres, Sherry (Mark) Nelson, and sister Darlena "Tyke" Springer.
Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, Elroy and Blanche Kaiser and brother Elroy “Sonny” Kaiser Jr.
To honor the memory of Beverly Jean Cook, a Funeral Service will take place on September 1, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Independence, Kansas. The visitation will commence at 10:00 AM with funeral service following at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence. The church, located at 220 S Pennsylvania Ave, will serve as a gathering place for family members, friends, students, colleagues, and community members to celebrate Beverly's remarkable life and achievements.
Beverly will forever be remembered for her dedication to education, and her playful demeaner. Her legacy as an esteemed teacher and compassionate individual will continue to inspire future generations.
In Lou of flowers the family suggest donations to the First Baptist Church and the American Alzheimer’s Association.