Helen (Lorenzen) Cook

Born: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019
Died: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 PM Sat., Nov. 23, 2019
Location: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

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Lillian Helen (Lorenzen) Cook, 90, died November 11, 2019 with family by her side at SpringRidge retirement home at Charbonneau in Wilsonville, Oregon. She was born on November 13, 1928 in Pendleton, Oregon to John H. and Alvina A. Lorenzen.

Helen attended the first 3 grades of school in Helix, Oregon and then transferred to Pendleton where she graduated from High School in 1946. In 1950 she graduated from Oregon State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. In 1950, she married Don Cook whom she met when she was in the first grade. They lived in Hermiston, Oregon where she taught school in Stanfield, Oregon. Later, she coordinated the school lunch program for the Hermiston schools. In 1964 they moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon and in 1967 to Pendleton. For three years she worked as the Umatilla County sanitarian inspecting restaurants and school cafeterias. Helen was a member of the Episcopal church since shortly after she was married, and in Pendleton served on the Vestry, the Altar Guild, and sang in the choir. Helen served 4 years as Chaperone for the Pendleton Round-Up Queen and Court and was a member of PEO. She was recognized by those who knew her as an accomplished homemaker. Her interests included family, sharing hospitality, cooking, baking and sewing. She enjoyed playing bridge, skiing, and golf.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years Don, son Steve Cook (Judy), West Linn, Oregon and daughter Sally Harpst (Mark), Kansas City, Missouri and grandchildren Aaron, Lauren, and Kathryn Cook, Brian and Kevin Thompson, and great-grandchildren Konnor and Kolton Thompson, and her sister Roberta Steinmetz (Portland, Oregon) and five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy Erickson.

There will be a private family burial followed by a memorial service at 12:00 PM noon, Saturday, November 23rd, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton A reception will follow in the parish hall. Memorials may be sent to the Pendleton Foundation Trust, P.O Box 218 Pendleton, Oregon, or to a memorial of your choice.  Online condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com

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