Ann Cook |

Ann Cook

A celebration of life for Ann Cook (Hanya Benya) will be held in the spring. Mrs. Cook died on Saturday in Grass Valley. She was 83.

Mrs. Cook was born to Russian immigrants on Nov. 6, 1919, in Dickson City, Pa., and was the 13th child of 16. In 1943, she joined the first unit of the Women’s Army Air Corps in Des Moines, Iowa, and served during the war. She came to California, where she met and married her husband, Gene, in 1947. After 25 years of raising a family, she and her husband built a summer home on Orcas Island, Wash., and then began 25-plus more years of traveling in their RV. They settled in Nevada County four years ago.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gene; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Mike Miller of Nevada City; daughter, Debbie Jury and two grandsons, Joe and Kaleb, of Barstow; daughter, Mary Oliva and two grandsons, Matt and Chris of Costa Mesa; sisters, Mary Orton of Tucson, Ariz., and Helen Horhutz of Little Falls, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to The Lutz Center, (Alzheimer’s Care Facility), 714 W. Main St., Grass Valley. 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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