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Virginia Ruth Barnes Cooke

Virginia Ruth Barnes Cooke was born December 25, 1947 and went to be with her husband James on August 17, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

Virginia loved making cream drop fudge and pies, she enjoyed canning and cooking and doing any sort of craft project.  She was an artist who painted pictures for her friends and family and loved to hike and be outdoors.  She was a nurse’s aide, a preschool teacher and a foster grandparent for Acorn Schools.  Her father was a minister for The Church of God of Prophecy and she was active in the church and sang gospel, played guitar and played the spoons in her younger days.  Listening to her elders sing and play music was always something she looked forward to each year. Her love of gardening showed in her weedless flower beds and she had plants all over her house.  Virginia loved country music, singing karaoke and dancing with her husband James.  She had a total of 12 children, biological, foster, step and adopted and loved them all…she loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was proud of each of them.  She liked to go to the lake and sit in the sun and draw pictures while pretending to fish!  She was a fan of Apple Crown and cinnamon gummie bears and collected teddy bears and Christmas decorations.  Virginia enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino and playing quarter slots and was a member of the Eagles and enjoyed her time with her friends at the club.  She loved all her family and friends at the cottages, they each had a special place in her heart.  Our family is grateful to all the nurses, nurse’s aides and all the staff at the cottages for all they have done for our mother and our family, they are more than just a nursing home they are family whom she love dearly.  Virginia will be missed by all her family and friends. 

She was preceded in Death by her Husband James Cooke, Mother Inez Herndon, Step Father Dan Herndon, Father Hubert Barnes, Sister Carolyn Reed, Brothers Roger and Wayne Barnes, Grandson Colby Parnell, Grandson Jamie Parnell, and her Grandparents Nora and Robert Henderson

She was survived by her Sister Barbara Mclellan and Husband Glenn of Mena, Sister Marie Carroll of Hatfield, Sister Connie Verdic of Mena, Sister Dewanna Barnes of Shreveport, Daughter Cynthia Crider and husband Rodger of Mena, Son Dale Fielder and wife Kelly of Mena, Daughter Gloria May and partner Bill Brown of Waldron, Daughter Meshelle Friend and partner Chris Baggett of Florida, Son Gary Cooke of Mena, Son Chris Cooke and Partner Breanna Doherty of Mena, Daughter Lisa Griffin and husband Michael of Texas, Daughter Sandra Parnell and husband Michael of Smithville, Son Eddie Cooke of Little Rock, Son John Cooke and wife Alisa of DeQueen, Son Charles Greenlee and wife Melissa of Oklahoma and  Son Tommy Cooke of Texas, as well as her family and friends at the Cottages.

Virginia was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

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