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Genevieve Wrenn Cook

Obituary for Genevieve Wrenn Cook

August 12, 1922 - May 12, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 95

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Genevieve Wrenn Cook passed away Saturday morning, May 12th, 2018, in Austin, Texas at Park Manor Nursing Home from congestive heart failure.

Genevieve was 95 years old. She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, August 12, 1922. Graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1940. Her parents were Samuel and Nancy Jane Colson from Tatesville Tennessee. She was one of 7 children. Fred, Edgar, Samuel, Maddie, Callie, Hubert, and Genevieve was the youngest.

She started studying piano at the age of 5 years old. In high school she was the accompanist for the dance classes. Raised Methodist, after high school she became the organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Idaho Falls, where she fell in love with the Episcopal liturgy and it's music and met her husband, Paul Cook who was in the church choir. Paul was the son of Luther and Alice Cook. Paul's father, Luther, was the Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Idaho Falls, where Genevieve and Paul were married by Rev. Luther Cook in 1941. They moved to Lovelock Nevada, where their daughter Paula was born. They then moved to San Diego California, in 1942. They raised their children, Paula, Ronald, and Carole in San Diego, and Genevieve lived in San Diego until 2015.

Genevieve was the church organist for St Luke's Episcopal Church in San Diego for 25 years, and Bishop School in La Jolla for 3 years.

Genevieve studied classical pipe organ with Charles Marsh, renowned composer and organist at St. James by the Sea in La Jolla San Diego for 10 years. Genevieve was always proud to note that her teacher, Charles Marsh, had studied with Marcel Dupre in Paris, on some of the finest pipe organs in the world. It was by the encouragement of Charles Marsh that Genevieve received her Licentiate of Music in the Art of Organ from Trinity College of Music London in 1953.

During World War ll, living in San Diego, her husband Paul, worked during the day at Convair, General Dynamics as a tool planner, and Genevieve worked nights at the AJ Fox Company in San Diego for 10 years, from 1943 to 1953. The AJ Fox company owned and repaired juke boxes used in the San Diego area.

She worked as a secretary and word processor at Convair Astronautics later known as General Dynamics starting in 1957 for 29 years. It was during the exciting time in the 1960's of the space program and the Atlas missile program in the computer lab at Astronautics that Genevieve started her career as a secretary. Then ending her career at General Dynamics in the Electronics department as a word processor in 1986. Genevieve then worked as a secretary at Mary Birch Sharp Hospital from 1990 to 1994 for the neonatal nurse department.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, husband Paul, who died in 1981, Ronald who passed away 2013.

Genevieve had many interesting hobbies, including photography, sewing, and ballroom dancing. She was a member of the craft society at All Souls Episcopal Church, Point Loma, where she spent countless hours sewing beautiful clothes for the Christmas Caroler Dolls for the annual Christmas Bazaar. Genevieve started ballroom dancing at the age of 55, performing and excelling at numerous competitions in California.

Genevieve moved to Austin Texas, where her daughter Carole also lives, to reside at Park Manor Nursing home.

Daughters Paula Edwards and husband Darrell Edwards survive Genevieve. Carole Willard and husband David Willard. Grandchildren: Shari Gross and husband, Kevin Gross. Julie Morris and husband Brian Morris. Mark Willard and Brooke Leondar and husband Aaron Leondar. Great grandchildren, Jenna Gross, Adam Gross, and Jessica Morris.

The family will have a private memorial service in San Diego.

Genevieve will lay in rest at the Scatter Garden at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, California.

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