Mary O’Connor Cooke

May 12, 2013 

Mary O’Connor Cooke, 65, a longtime resident of Wilton passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 after a courageous fight with cancer.

Born in New Bern, she was the daughter of the late James Edward O’Connor and Mary Ester Moore of Havelock. She moved to Raleigh, to attend Kings Business School and after graduation was employed by UNC General Administration for 40 years, retiring in 2010. Mary is survived by her son, Matthew Gray Cooke and wife Vanessa Pardue Cooke of Raleigh and her brother James Edward O’Connor Jr, of Greenville.

Visitation will be held at 5:30 pm Monday, May 13, 2013 at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor, with Memorial services immediately following.

The family is grateful to the expert and compassionate services provided by Mary's Hospice team, including: Anita Bryant, Caroline Wilson, Jodi Simmons, Kathy Parker and her nurses.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary's memory be sent to: Duke Homecare & Hospice, Office of Development, 421 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704; online:

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