Cora Jane Cooke

February 12, 1949 - June 17, 2020
Cora Jane Cooke

Cora Jane Cooke 71, of Leland passed away Wednesday evening June 17, 2020.

She was born Cora Jane Moore on February 12, 1949 in Cumberland, MD to Cora Jane and Harry Edwin Moore. She attended Mt. Savage High School and was a member of Barrelville Presbyterian Church. She married Elwood Roy Sturtz in 1967 and they divorced in 1980 after having two children, Janey Lynn Sturtz McMillen and Tobey Shane Sturtz. The family moved to North Carolina in 1973 and Jane made Leland her home from 1979 until her passing. She married James Alfred Cooke, Sr. on December 14, 1986, celebrating their 35th anniversary this past year. She was an active member of Woodburn Presbyterian Church and enjoyed working with the church’s youth and participating in the choir. She was an avid reader and her hobbies included piano, baking, crafting, and gardening. She was known for her sense of humor and kind, compassionate spirit. She was preceded in death by her mother, Cora Jane, her father, Harry, and her stepfather, Alvin West Mercer.

She is survived by her husband, James, her children, Janey (Brad) McMillen and Tobey (Deborah) Sturtz, and stepchildren, James Cooke Jr. (Lorrie deRoche), Debora (Joseph) Chance, and Eric (Tammy) Cooke, her siblings, Robert (Linda) Moore, David (Jeralyn) Mercer and Diane (Michael) Bolt, and her grandchildren Franklin Cooke, Laura (David) Woods, Tyler (Renea) Chance, D.J. Blanton, Robyn (Matt Batson) Blanton, , Courtney (Alex Rojas) Sturtz, Patrick McMillen, Jordan Sturtz, Zachary Cooke, Logan Cooke, Trey Cooke, and Autumn Cooke; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Chapel (525 Village Road Leland NC) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 20th 2020.

A family only funeral service officiated by Reverend Scott Bunting will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday June 20th at Woodburn Presbyterian Church (509 Village Road Leland NC), with burial afterwards in the Woodburn Cemetery

Flowers may be sent to Woodburn Presbyterian Church or donations may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice of Belville.

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  • June 19, 2020
    Lorie (Loar) Bokschoten says:
    Janie was always a sweet, caring cousin. I remember sitting at her feet with Diane and sharing our adventures with her. She was a faithful daughter keeping close contact with her mom, my Aunt Cora Jane, although many miles apart. She was well loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed.

  • June 19, 2020
    Jeralyn Sanchez says:
    Janey, Brad and Patrick, Rueben and I are so sorry to here about the loss of your mom. It’s so hard to lose a loved one but more so when it’s your mom. Sending hugs to you and your family. And keeping you in my heart and prayers. Love Jeralyn and Rueben

  • June 25, 2020
    Veronica Zinkham says:
    Jane will leave an imprint on my heart for her enduring love of Christ, her gentle smile, her attention to detail, her creativity, and the joy with which she shared God’s love with others. Rest peacefully now my friend.

  • June 25, 2020
    Veronica Zinkham says:
    Jane’s memory is imprinted on my heart for her enduring love of Christ and the many ways her actions and words exemplified His love. Her hind ness and gentle smile is a memory of Jane I hold close. Rest easy now, Jane; you are home✝️