Former Kenai Peninsula resident Amelia "Amy" Cook, 75, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. She died peacefully at home in Washington state, surrounded by her loving family. Amy was born in Saginaw, Michigan to Ruth and Ivan Davis on October 28, 1940. One of five children, Amy grew up in Gaylord, Michigan. As a teenager, she played the saxophone in a dance band called the Stardusters. She and her husband John started dating when she was 15, and they married in September of 1957. Amy and John have five children, Audrey Mlakar (Steven), Debbie, Jon, Kelly Brewer (Danny) and Bob Cook (Angie). The family lived in Oscoda, Michigan until 1972, then they moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Amy and John moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1974, where Amy worked as department manager and buyer for Alaska Commercial and Nordstrom. She loved doing the store windows and running fashion shows, and enjoyed her buying trips to Seattle. She and John had many adventures together including running a fishing lodge on the Kenai; her record king salmon weighed 68 pounds. Amy and John retired to Arizona in 1987 and spent their winters in Fountain Hills, Roosevelt Lake, and Sun Lakes. They were snow birds, spending their summers in Michigan, and then in Eastern Washington. Amy used her incredible talents as a decorator to create beautiful homes and prized perennial gardens for her family. She was known for her generous gift-giving and making holidays magical for family and friends. She had a lifelong passion for fashion, art, architecture and nature. Amy loved playing cards, bingo and bocci ball and recently took up golf. She loved thrift stores, Macy's, and the casino. Amy had the ability to find contentment and joy in everyday life. Amy's life's work was loving her family. She and John were blessed with a 62-year love affair. Her five children were her best friends, and she shared special relationships with each of them. Amy was blessed with 13 grandchildren: Christopher (Dale) Mlakar, Joshua (Carmen) Mlakar, Peter Frickey, Joseph Frickey, Adam Frickey, Lauren (Brandon) Pilatti, Owen (Donna) Brewer, Taylor (Cody) McGahan, Brandon Cook, Amanda (Jordan) Jacob, Amelia Cook, Chelsie Cook and Devin Cook. She was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren (and two more on the way): Emmett, Weston, Teagan, and Bohdi Mlakar, Annaleigh and Ally Frickey, Wyatt, Gus, Juniper, Arlo Pilatti, and Lily, Ivy and Trace McGahan. Amy is survived by all of her siblings, Spike Davis, Mae Jean Allen, Pamela Bafs and David Davis; and brother-in-law Gary Marcenkowski (Bonnie) and sister-in-law Lou Ann Olsen (Lee). Amy is reunited with her beloved son Jon who preceded her in death in 1995. The family will have a celebration of life for Amy in Medical Lake on Mother's Day. Amy leaves a legacy of fun, gentleness, and, mostly, unconditional love. She will be missed beyond measure by her friends and family - they will think of her all the days of their lives.
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