Obituary of Bessie Imo Sines (Cook)
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Bessie Imo McCain born September 16, 1921 in Eureka, NE to Glen McCain age 22 and Nellie P. (Smith) McCain age 18. A farmer and housewife she was their first child. She passed away on January 25, 2019 at Cottage in the Meadow.
Bessie’s sisters soon followed. Faye, later Mrs. Faye Harold Dunsmore of Zillah, WA., Donna, later Mrs. Roy Dorsett of Yakima, WA and Lois, later Mrs. Fred Higgins of Grandview, WA.
Bessie was raised on the farm, worked at her father’s business and attended the Wheeler County High School in Bartlett, NE until her senior year.
With failing farms and opportunities caused by the famous Mid-West dust bowl the family moved west to Yakima Valley in 1937.
Bessie attended High School in Yakima, WA until the final quarter of 1938. She met a young man who had also come from Nebraska to seek work in the Valley along with his family. She married Edgar Earl Cook in 1938 and they had three children. Beverly, later Mrs. Don McCowan of Portland, OR, Ken Cook (Pearl Rice) of Seattle, WA and Yakima, WA and Gary Cook (Donnita) of Charleston, SC.
Bessie and Ed were married 38 years until his death in 1977. Bessie lived and worked in Spokane, WA, George, WA and Lower Yakima Valley towns until they permanently settled in Yakima building their own house on 10th Avenue. During those years she was an active member of the community raising her three children and serving as a Cub Scout Leader, Parent Teacher Conference Officer and occasionally worked as retail clerk and of course part time fruit laborer.
She was baptized in 1948 at 1st Methodist Church in downtown Yakima. As her family grew and went off to college and the military. She entered the work force full time. She packed apples for Washington Fruit for well over 27 years and helped establish a social support group known as “Holiday Hearts.”
Bessie’s husband Ed passed away in 1977. She later married Carol E. Sines a key administrator for the State Highway Credit Union. Bessie and Carol traveled extensively throughout the United States visiting Parks and Monuments as well as her old home site in Nebraska and his in West Virginia. During their marriage and after Carol’s death Bessie served as the secretary of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington a post she held for 20 years. Bessie also served her last church congregation as an Elder for many years.
Bessie was an obedient daughter, supporting sister, loving wife and mother. Her family consisted of three children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Bessie also had eight nephews and twelve nieces. She was a good and loyal friend to so many that my ink would run dry listing them. We will remember her always as a woman of “Noble Character.”
Funeral services will be held at Shaw & Sons, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901 on Tuesday January 29, 2019 starting promptly at 9:00 am concluding at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.
Memories may be shared at www.shawandsons.com.