April 24, 2019
Willie Mae Cook, affectionately known as Mother, Mama, Mae, Grandma, Grams, Nan Nu, Ms. Millie, and her husband's Big Tiger, was born on April 27, 1932, to the late Warren and Emma Chase Brown of Calvert County, Maryland. The Lord called her to His Heavenly garden on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland surrounded by her lovingly family. She was educated in the Calvert County Public School System. Willie Mae met and married Irving Lester Cook Jr. on February 18, 1956, and they were blessed with 63 years of marriage. From this union, six children were born. She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. At an early age, Willie Mae accepted Christ and became a member of Patuxent United Methodist Church in Huntingtown. While there she was crowned the Queen at the King and Queen Rally. She was a member of the Senior Choir and other ministries. She enjoyed singing so much that she joined the Wayward Travelers Gospel Group and later joined the Gospel Trio. They traveled many highways singing the Gospel. She loved listening to gospel music. Some of her favorite artists were Lee Williams, Rev. F.C. Barnes, Shirley Caesar, Luther Barnes, and the Gospel 4. In 1979, Willie Mae was baptized in the Name of Jesus at the Bethel Way of the Cross Church in Huntingtown under the leadership of the late Bishop Jacob Green. For many years outside of the home, Willie Mae did domestic work. She also drove many people to different destinations. Willie Mae was famously known for raising turkeys and assisting with the hogs. Every year, she raised over 250 turkeys and always gave them away. Her turkeys were so large that she was featured in the Calvert County newspaper. From 1958 to 1979, Calvert County schools took students on field trips to the Cook Farm to view the "turkeys." During her spare time, Willie Mae enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, entertaining with family and friends, and especially cooking plenty of pork chops. She looked forward to holidays and the Annual Family and Friends Cookouts. At this event, she always made sure she cooked her children's favorite foods. She loved horses so much that she had a showroom displaying items such as western jackets, hats, boots, horse pictures, and figurines. Trigger and Sundance were her horses, and she loved to see the young people riding them. Some considered her a fashionista because she also took great pleasure in dressing stylish and wearing fancy hats. She also enjoyed selecting her husband and son's attire for outings. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her parents and her nine siblings: three grandchildren: Donta Cook, Mykeisha Hawkins, and Sheaneea Cook. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband, Irving Jr., children: Clinton (Roxanne), Claudette, Novonne, Alicia (Jeffrey), Ardeane Sr., Maurell (Gina), Harry (Barbara) and Earl (Debbie); brother Joseph Brown (Glenda); grandchildren: Sharonell Cook, Latoya Nguyen (Michael), DaTonya Riley, Keisha Butler (Jessie), Ardeane Jr., Trakera, Maurell, Brandon, Sheldon Spriggs, Sydney, Skylar and Kennedy Spriggs, Harry Cook Jr., Enjoli Cooke, Alexis Cooke Jones, Preston Jones, Yolanda, Earl Jr., and Jeaneea Shareata Cook; greatgrandchildren: Deyana, Jamoh, Shakori, Elaina, and Maurell Cook Jr., Mia Nguyen, Evan, Braydon, and Grayson Butler, Tatiana Holland, Chardenae Butler, Ai-Keyua, U-Nique and Elijah Elliott, Dajaun, Jaquil, Jayla, Jonae, and Brandon Sherrell Jr.; adopted sister Lucille James; God children: Tasheka Green, Carlos, Sharon, and Kaitlin Boone, and Carolyn Watkins; best friends: Lucille Offer, Sharon Wedge, Mildred Bailey, Della Reeae Harvey, Sarah Taylor, Becky Randall, and Mr. and Mrs. William Hall; many adopted children: John and Jackie Hawkins, Ruby and Carla Mathews, Douglas Jones, Dawn Ray, Lingerine Robinson, Linda Jones, and the Bishop family. Also dear to her heart were Bishop Robert D. Watts, Elder Terry and Sister Alice Plater, Minister Elsworth and Sister Regina Plater, and Elder George Spriggs. She also had a host of sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other friends. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of WILLIE MAE COOK, please visit our .