Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
NameDoris Elaine Cooke
Birth2 March 1929, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
Baptism9 June 1929, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
MemoGood Will Congregational Church
Census1 April 1930, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
Census27 April 1940, Patchogue, Suffolk, New York, USA
Death31 July 2004, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoCongestive heart failure
Burial10 August 2004, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoFaith United Methodist Church, Rev. Joel Certa-Warner officiating; cremains not buried yet.
FatherRev. Arthur Harry Cooke (1889-1955)
MotherGarnet Lillian Luther (1888-1961)
Birth7 January 1927, Belton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Death21 January 1990, Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota, USA
MemoPancreatic cancer
Burial24 January 1990, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoFuneral; burial in 1991 in Belton Cemetery
ReligionUnited Methodist
OccupationU.S. Army, WWII; Industrial chemist; Professor of Chemistry, UW-Superior
FatherNathan Allen Coward Sr. (1887-1939)
MotherSusan Victoria Queen (1900-1965)
Marriage2 May 1953, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Notes for Doris Elaine Cooke
April 1, 1930 census, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
Arthur H. Cooke (40), head, married at 26, born England, parents England, emigrated 1907, naturalized, occupation=Minister.
Lillian Cooke (41), wife, married at 27, born IA, father MA, mother PA.
Nellie K. Cooke (12), daughter, born IA, father England, mother IA, none.
Elton W. Cooke (10), son, born IA, father England, mother IA, none.
James A. Cooke (9), son, born IA, father England, mother IA, none.
Doris E. Cooke (1), daughter, born IA [NY!], father England, mother IA, none.

April 27, 1940 census, Patchogue, Suffolk County, New York
Arthur H. Cooke (51), head, married, born England (naturalized), residence on April 1, 1935: New York [Syracuse], occupation =Minister, Congregational church. Lived at 189 Rider Avenue.
Lillian Cooke (52), wife, married, born IA, residence on April 1,1935: New York [Syracuse], home.
Katherine N. [Nell] Cooke (22), daughter, single, born IA, residence on April 1, 1935: New York [Syracuse], school.
Elton Cooke (20), son, single, born IA, residence on April 1,1935: New York [Syracuse], school.
James A. Cooke (19), son, single, born IA, residence on April 1,1935: New York [Syracuse], school.
Doris E. Cooke (11), daughter, single, born NY, residence on April 1, 1935: New York [Syracuse], school.

Doris C. Coward, born 2 March 1929, died 31 July 2004, Superior,Douglas, Wisconsin 54880. SSN# 050-22-5636, issued New York (before1951). Social Security Death Index, 14 April 2012.

A beautiful bride went to the altar of her father’s church for the Saturday afternoon, May 2, 1953 wedding of Doris Elaine Cooke, younger daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Harry Cooke, 27 Locust Street, to Nathan Allen Coward, of Rochester, son of Mrs. Susan Queen Coward, Belton, South Carolina. Rev. Mr. Cooke performed an impressive double ring ceremony at 3:00 o’clock in Pilgrim Memorial Congregational Church before 150 guests.
Traditional wedding music was furnished by Miss Florence M. Sandberg, organist, and Mrs. Stephen C. Kish, soprano, who also sang as the bridal couple knelt for the benediction. White snapdragon and carnations, with lighted cathedral tapers in two seven-branch candelabra decorated the chancel.
Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Mrs. Ronald H. [Nell] Elperin, of Russellville, Arkansas, with her sister-in-law, Mrs. James A. [Connie] Cooke, of Williamsville, bridesmaid. They were gowned alike in two-tone olive and Nile green tulle and net, each with a matching calot and short veil accented in rhinestones, and carried bouquets of yellow baby iris and yellow carnations.
Groomsmen were his University of Rochester classmates, Richard Nostrand, of Rochester, best man, with Daniel Newberger, New York City, and Richard Holroyd, Jamestown, ushers.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her brother, James A. Cooke, of Williamsville. She made a lovely picture in her wedding gown of embroidered chiffon over taffeta, with a full gathered skirt, long sleeves, and small pointed collar, with a single strand of pearls. Her fingertip illusion bridal veil, attached to a matching Juliet cap, was worn over her face as she entered the church. She carried an exquisite bouquet of white roses with ivy.
Her mother was charming in a navy blue ensemble with pink accessories, a pink hat, and a corsage of pink roses, and his sister, Mrs. A.F. [Lena] Jackson, of Anderson, South Carolina, in a turquoise faille suit, with a peppermint-stick hat, and a corsage of yellow rosebuds. A reception for the wedding guests followed in the church parlors. The buffet table was centered in white snapdragon with lighted white tapers, and a three-tier wedding cake. Aides were Mrs. Duane Carlson, Mrs. Stanley Harford, Miss Carol Harford, Mrs. Leland Owen, and Mrs. Ford Swanson.
For a wedding trip to Honeymoon Farm, Pocono Mountains, the bride chose a beige linen suit with red accessories, a white straw cloche, and a corsage of red rosebuds. After May 10th, Mr. and Mrs. Coward will reside in Rochester.
The bride, a graduate of Keuka College, is employed in the personnel department of Bausch and Lomb. The bridegroom, and veteran of World War II, will receive his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Rochester this fall.
Out of town guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Elliott, Bay Shore, Long Island; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Luther, Erie, Pennsylvania; Mr. and Mrs. Loren Lewis, East Aurora; Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Vance, Williamsville; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Harloff, Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bush, Miss Patsy Squires, Miss Mary Flaherty, Miss Joyce Hoste, and Mrs. Virginia Solman, Rochester.
(Newspaper article from Jamestown, NY, following the Saturday, May 2, 1953 wedding of Nathan Allen Coward & Doris Elaine Cooke)

OBITUARY: Doris Cooke Coward (1929-2004)
Doris C. Coward, 75, beloved wife and mother and long-time Superior resident died on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the Villa Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center in Superior. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on March 2, 1929. She graduated from Patchogue High School in Patchogue, N.Y. in 1946 and from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y. in 1951. She married Nathan A. Coward on May 2, 1953. They moved from Philadelphia, Penn., to Superior in 1959 where Nathan was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Superior until his retirement in 1989. Nathan died in 1990.
Doris grew up in Patchogue, N.Y. on Long Island, where she enjoyed sailing, flying and being a Girl Scout camp counselor. She loved volunteering at her church, playing bridge with her bridge club, traveling, attending theater and musical performances (especially when one of her children or grandchildren was performing), and visiting with friends and family. She had a loving heart, a wonderful sense of humor, a positive attitude and a zest for life. She was well loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Arthur Harry and Garnet Lillian (Luther) Cooke; her husband, Nathan A. Coward; her sister, Nell (Ronald) Elperin and her brother, Elton Cooke. She is survived by one brother, James (Connie) Cooke, Columbus, Ohio; four children, James Coward, Superior, Susan (Jeffrey) Abelt, Duluth, Minn., David (Ruth Ann Ramstad) Coward, Buffalo, Minn., and Ellen (Mark) Dahl, Manassas, Va.; 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, until the 2 p.m. memorial service in Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Ave, Superior. Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, Superior is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Nathan A. Coward Scholarship Fund through the UWS Foundation, University Advancement, Belknap & Catlin, P.O. Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500.
(Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota, Thursday, 5 August 2004)

“My Sister Doris”by Jim Cooke
Dorie and I had a big brother-little sister relationship. She was eight and a half years younger than I. My first act of brotherly love occurred when our Mother assigned me the duty of watching over my baby sister as she napped in the baby carriage. Bored with the whole situation I leaned heavily on the handles of the carriage. To my great surprise she flew out of the carriage landing on the floor.
One summer at Selkirk when Dorie was three or four, and I was eleven or twelve, she embarrassed me greatly when she returned from the beach completely bare naked carrying her swimsuit in hand.
Our older brother Elton enjoyed teasing her, but not maliciously. Elton and I were in college when we first heard Dorie sing her Elementary School song. “Bay Avenue, Bay Avenue, Here’s to you fame, Bay Avenue, Bay Avenue, Here’s to you name …” Elton teased asking, “Guess what the name of this song is?”
Dorie enjoyed excursions with me in our Model T Ford in the summer of 1936 at Selkirk as we drove around the campground with the top down and the air blowing through our hair. I did things like teach her to drive the car at a very young age on my old Model A Ford. Dorie proved to be a quick learner. We had some great times on excursions like driving out onto the Great South Bay when it was solidly frozen over.
While Dorie was very skilled at driving the car, in my mind she needed to develop more mature caution as she had some minor fender-benders while driving Dad’s car. Much later, we were told that she drove the fire truck for the volunteer fire department in rural Wisconsin for whom she did a fine job.
Doris, while a high school student, had a close friend named Pat who was a pilot. Pat took Doris up many times with her as co-pilot. I don’t know for sure but I suspect that Doris got to actually pilot the plane on occasion as well. Doris enjoyed flying very much.
Dorie developed a love for sailing and sailed with friends her age in Patchogue on the Great South Bay. On one occasion Dorie and her younger two children came for a visit and we were able to go for a sail on the Hoover Reservoir together. It became obvious that her son David had inherited Dorie’s great sense of humor when he announced, as he struck a pose, that he was “Captain Cupcake”.
I was gratified when Doris named her first-born son James remembering me. While we were not able to see Dorie enough or visit often, her memory will remain in my heart.
Written by Jim Cooke, one of her two big brothers.
For Doris Cooke Coward’s memorial service, 10 August 2004.
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