Melana Marie Cooke

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Melana Marie (Sumonia) Cooke

Melana Marie (Sumonia) Cooke, 85, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at Glenwood Village Home Health in Overland Park, Kansas.
She was born July 4, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Milan Sumonia and Mae (Strika) Sumonia, who preceded her in death. On April 17, 1953, she married Louis Cooke.

Melana worked for a number of companies including Marion Merrell Dow, Folgers coffee and as a paralegal. In retirement she remainedbusy, working part-time at a local Hallmark store and volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages and Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. She was also a worthy advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was known for her green thumb and her love of reading. Melana was a Johnson County Master Gardener and she and Louis transformed their backyard, filling the entire space with flowers, bushes, vegetable plants, a large fish pond with water lilies and even a playhouse for their grandchildren. When she wasn’t getting her hands dirty in the garden, she had her nose in a book from the library, a trait she passed on to her family.

She and Louis also loved to round dance, traveling across the country to do so.In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Randy (Ann) Cooke, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Gary (Kathy) Cooke, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois; one sister, Katherine Rogers, of West Point, Georgia, and four grandchildren, Nicole, Laura, Brian and Kerry. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, Milan Sumonia Jr. and Duke Sumonia.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213. Burial will follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens for immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Great Plains SPCA or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kansas City Funeral Directors.