Elise Marie (Hicks) Cook

Born: Thu., Jan. 7, 1960
Died: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 04, 2020
Location: Roy Raley Room @ Pendleton Round-Up Grounds


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Elise Marie Cook, 59, of Pendleton, OR was born on January 7, 1960 in La Grande, OR to John and Mary (Brueske) Hicks.  Elise passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends on December 26, 2019 after a nearly 5 year courageous battle with cancer.

In early childhood, Elise lived in Missouri on a family farm with her Granny, mother, father and 3 siblings.  A few years later, the family moved to Pendleton where she lived throughout the high school years. In high school, she met Donnie Cook who was friends with her older brother.  After high school, she and Donnie moved to Portland. They married on June 28, 1980 on Donnie's family property in Pendleton. They had two kids, Ryan and Rachelle.

During her time in Portland, she graduated from the Portland Culinary Institute and went on to work at several high-end restaurants and establishments in the Portland area. In 1985, shortly after Rachelle was born, Donnie and Elise moved back to Pendleton where they bought a house and lived out their years together.

Elise had many enjoyments in life, including golf, traveling, and most importantly spending time with family and friends. She also had a knack for word searches and enjoyed anywhere warm!  She loved decorating, shopping, and truly enjoyed her work as well.  She worked for Safeway for 23 years and Graybeal Distributing for the last 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her son (Ryan Cook), her father (John Hicks), mother (Mary Brueske), older brother (John Hicks Jr), brother-in-law (Randy Cook), and mother-in-law (Velda Cook). She is survived by her husband Donnie, daughter (Rachelle Knight), son-in-law (Ross Knight), 3 grandchildren (Laynie, Chandler, and Bentley), faithful dog (Rylee), sister and brother-in-law (Kathy and Gerry Cruz), father-in-law (Wiley Cook), nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 4, 2020 in the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds. Donations may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice, c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR  97801.

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Gary and Kathy Ward
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Donnie, we were so sorry to hear about Elise. She fought for a long time. Sincerely Gary and Kathy

Gretchen Strohlein
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The Strohlein’s.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of you as you experience this loss, while celebrating the life of a remarkable woman. Best Wishes, The Strohlein’s


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