QUINCY -- Barbara Jean Cookson, 82, of Quincy, died at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Bickford Cottages, where she resided since 2014. Born May 19, 1934, in Plymouth, Barb was a daughter of Harvey and Ruth Fugate Payne. On Sept. 25, 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald "Jerry" Cookson, in Plymouth. He preceded her in death Jan. 17, 2007. Barb was a 1951 graduate of Plymouth High School, where she was a cheerleader, played in the band and was active with the Girls Athletic Association. Barb was instrumental in the building of Faith Lutheran Church in Augusta and was the first member baptism at the church. After moving to Quincy, she was an active member of Luther Memorial Church, where she was a member of WICKS and helped serve many funeral luncheons over the years. She was a member of Spring Lake Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. She also enjoyed league bowling, collecting antiques, traveling to antique car shows across the United States showing their award-winning 1968 Shelby convertibles. Barb loved to spend time with her family, boating at the Lake of the Ozarks and cooking the meals and hosting many of the family holiday dinners. Barb and her husband Jerry operated the Cookson Family Funeral Homes in Plymouth and Augusta until moving to Quincy in 1965 when the family purchased the Daugherty Funeral Home at Sixth and Spring. In 1968, they built the Cookson Daugherty Colonial Funeral Home at 24th and Spring which they operated until 1978 when the Cookson family purchased Zehender Robinson Stormer Funeral Home and the business was merged to the current location at 1435 State in Quincy. Barb was the secretary and bookkeeper for several years until her retirement. Survivors include a daughter, Robin Leonard (Howard) of Quincy; a son, Rick Cookson of Columbus, Ind.; a grandson, Seth Leonard (Maria) of Quincy; one great-grandson due in January; three step-grandchildren, George Leonard (Angie) of Payson, Ginny Owsley (Donnie) of Quincy and Bobbi Leonard of Quincy; seven step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Rod Cookson (Karen) of Quincy; a sister-in-law, Dellene Payne of Good Hope; and many loving nieces and nephews. Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; and a brother, William "Bill" Payne. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Metz conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and 10 a.m. Friday until time of services at the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Luther Memorial Church or Unity Point Hospice. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. WEBSITE: zrsc.com . Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com .
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