Noon to 1:00 p.m.Saturday, at James A. Harris Funeral Home


1:00 p.m. Saturday June 4, at James A. Harris Funeral Home



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50 Years


Elaine Cook

Death Notice

Cook, Anne Elaine R.N.- After coping courageously for 12 years with ALS, Elaine slipped away from us peacefully at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Mount Hope. Husband David and stepmother Gerda Marsh were at her side. Despite the unrelenting loss of her physical abilities, Elaine never wavered in her cheerful courage and delight in each new day, always accompanied by her memorable and beautiful smile. She is survived by daughter Kathleen "Kate" James (Don) and son Christopher (Chris) Clare (Stacey). Loving grandmother Courtnay, Jessica and Nicole James and Nicholas and Alaura Clare. Dear sister to Cynthia Rutte (Marcel), Ian Marsh (Fran), Brooks Marsh (Julie), Dale Marsh, Brent Marsh (Sherry). Sister-in-law of Sharon Cook. Elaine was the eldest daughter of the late Leaman "Lea" Marsh and Anne Marsh Evans. She will be remembered by the many members of the close-knit Marsh and Blanshard families. Elaine trained and served as an R.N. at Victoria Hospital and LHSC and will be lovingly remembered by the patients and colleagues she met during her long career. Fellow nurses from the Ambulatory Care clinics have provided treasured support during the years of her illness. Patients often identified her as "the tall nurse with the great smile". Before ALS struck Elaine loved the outdoors and learning new skills, among them cooking, cycling, gardening and tennis. She made many new friends in the tennis community and as usual worked hard to become a skillful player. Those friends have also provided years of love and support. Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. at James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James and Richmond Streets, with visitation one hour prior. Reception to follow service at the funeral home. Cremation and interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery. If you wish, donations may be made to the ALS London Chapter or the charity of your choice.