Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
1675 84th St.
Caledonia, MI 49316
All visitation and services are held at Cornerstone Church.
Please have any flowers sent directly to the church.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Bee Brave - Cancer Research and Programs
c/o Cornerstone Church 1675 84th St.
Caledonia, MI 49316
Life Story / Obituary
Angela Sue Cook was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt and a friend to all who knew her. She was a dedicated teacher and passionate administrator, influencing the lives of hundreds of students and staff by her inspiration and compassion. Caring and kind-hearted, she listened intently and selflessly helped all she could. Determined and strong, she was a Godly example to all who saw her beauty inside and out.
Angela Sue was born November 29, 1970 in Danville, Indiana at the beginning of a decade marked by protests over war and government misconduct. By contrast, popular culture introduced mood rings, Rubik’s cubes and yellow smiley faces—a fitting welcome for the first child of Donald and Vickie (Bullock) Cooper. Premature at birth and weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces (18 inches long), Angela amazed the nurses, who called her “Mighty Mite.” She delighted her parents by walking at 8 months and speaking in full sentences at 15 months, and Papa Cooper laughed to see little Angie once chase a cockroach through a store, “Gotta get that bug.”
Angela and her younger sisters and brother—Stephanie, David and Ella “Crissi”—were very close to each other and to their extended family. Their father was a minister and electrical specialist, and their mother worked at home and as a dental receptionist. Family get-togethers were a must for birthdays and the holidays. Christmas was filled with caroling, gift-giving and playing games, Halloween meant chili and trick-or-treating, and Easter found the kids hunting for eggs at Papa and Nana’s home. They liked visiting grandparents in Mooresville, Indiana and their grandparents’ farm in Indianapolis, and family memories were made on trips to Cedar Point amusement park and Disney World.
As a child, Angie loved going to church, Bible school and church camps. Singing to her heart’s content, she developed a lovely voice that others liked to hear. She went to sporting events, read, colored and played dress-up. Already as a young girl, Angie was cultivating a keen sense of style.
Over the years, the Cooper family moved from Danville to Franklin, Indiana, to Lynchburg, Virginia, St. Albans, West Virginia and then Grand Rapids, Michigan. Angie attended Thomas Road Academy in Franklin and graduated from Northview High School in Grand Rapids with the class of 1989. She was very active in Varsity Voices at Northview and liked keeping statistics for the boys’ sports teams. Always dressed to perfection, the guys often thought Angie was a teacher or secretary. Little did they know that she was headed for a career in teaching.
Angie enrolled at Grand Rapids Baptist College, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1993 and then a master’s degree in 2000 from Western Michigan University. While in college, Angie agreed to a blind date with Mike Cook (set up by Brian and Michelle Cook), and they went mini golfing with friends. By their second date at Michigan Adventure, both Angie and Mike knew this was the real thing. When she came home that evening, she no sooner entered the front door than she spun around like a top and fell to the floor saying, “Daddy, I’m in love!”
Angie and Mike dated for one year before marrying in 1991 at Ambassador Baptist Church in Grand Rapids and honeymooning at a cottage on Spider Lake in northern Michigan. They lived in married housing while they both were in school, and then Angie launched into a successful career in education. She worked with Grand Rapids Public Schools for over 20 years as a teacher and most recently as a principal at Palmer Elementary. She treasured the memory of her students each time she looked at the little gifts they had given her over the years.
Like all educators, Angie looked forward to spring breaks and took advantage of the warm weather at Anna Maria Island, Florida and enjoyed a Caribbean cruise in Fall of 2013 with her family. Angie found great relaxation and peace while camping near the shores of Lake Michigan. She loved the beach and took time to enjoy every beautiful moment of God’s creation.
Having been blessed with two daughters, MacKenzie (born 1994) and Leah (1998), Angie was thrilled to spend time with them. She loved being a Momma to these beautiful girls. Being an experienced teacher, she also had a heart for all teens and volunteered her time in youth ministry. She was a natural in her role as mother and teacher because she was an attentive listener and always willing to help when needed.
For leisure, Angie loved to read all books and enjoyed such diverse authors as Dr. Seuss, Dee Henderson, and Karen Kingsbury. She listened to Christian and Country music and attended Jimmy Buffet concerts. She took comfort in favorite foods—chicken and dumplings, peach pie and snickerdoodle cookies. She received inspiration from songs like “Overcomer” by Mandisa and Martina McBride’s, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” During her lengthy illness, Angie held onto her family and friends and the promises of God in her cherished Bible.
Angela Sue Cook, aged 44 of Caledonia, Michigan, passed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 11, 2015 with her family at her side. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Angela is survived by her husband of 24 years, Michael Cook; their children, MacKenzie and Leah; her parents, Don and Vickie Cooper; her brothers and sisters, Stephanie and Randy Chisholm, David and Rebecca Cooper, Ella and Daniel Morgan; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and JoAnn Cook; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Brian and Michelle Cook, Rebecca Cook (fiancé Steve Kranenberg); many nieces, nephews and friends.
A service to celebrate Angela’s life will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Church, 1675 84th St. Caledonia, MI 49316. Relatives and friends may meet her family at the Cornerstone Church on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM and again on Friday from 9:00 am until the service begins at 11:00. Contributions in Angela’s memory may be made to Bee Brave. To read more about Angela’s life, to sign her guest book and to leave your own memory of her, visit her web page at www.lifestorynet.com