Barbara Cook Anderson

December 3, 1956 - February 23, 2020
Barbara Cook Anderson

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Barbara (Bobbie) Cook Anderson passed away at New Hanover Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Bobbie was born December 3, 1956 in Clinton, NC to the late Harold C. and Helen Royal Cook.

Bobbie earned her BA degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 1980 and returned to ECU where she earned her MA degree in Special Education in 1983. She began her teaching career at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC in 1983 and taught there until her retirement in 2007. Bobbie loved her students and job at Laney so much that upon retiring, she continued to substitute teach there as well as other local high schools until her death.

Throughout her life, Bobbie was a voracious reader. If you saw her sitting down, there was most likely a book in her hands. When she found literature she thought was worthy of reading, she would recommend it and loan her library of books to friends and students to read themselves. Bobbie was a life-long equestrian, riding and owning many horses since she was a young child. She earned many awards, ribbons, and trophies throughout the state for her excellent riding skills. In fact, she loved all animals and owned many pets during her life, including an African Ball Python! Every spring, she planted wildflower gardens and vegetables she tended throughout the summer. She loved working outside and gardening. The ocean was her “Happy Place” where she enjoyed boating, fishing, and hanging out with her son and friends. Most of all, Bobbie adored her son, Noah, who was the light and meaning of her life. She loved life and lived it to its fullest, and will be missed fiercely by friends, family, and students.

Bobbie is survived by her son, Noah Cook Anderson and her beloved Brittany Spaniel, Maggie, of the home. Also surviving are her sisters, Susan Cook of Clinton and Raleigh, NC and Frances Hairr (Carl) of Clinton, NC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Wilmington Funeral and Cremations on Thursday, February 27th from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. to share stories and fond memories of Bobbie with the family. Dress is casual as Bobbie always insisted her friends be comfortable.

Memorials may be made in her name to The Good Shepherd Center, 811 Martin Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403

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  • February 24, 2020
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  • February 24, 2020
    Jackie Nichols says:
    I will miss you my dear friend.

  • February 24, 2020
    Paul Eason (CHS 75) says:
    Our condolences to the family. A classmate (#CHS75). Mrs Cook her mother was my 7th grade teacher. When we connected on Facebook I reminded Bobbie how I appreciated her mother. Sleep in heavenly Peace Bobbie.

  • February 24, 2020
    Lynn Rabon says:
    Bobbie our conversations at Laney were full of laughter. Prayers for Bobbie's family and friends.