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December 27, 1935 – June 1, 2020


Our precious mother, Edna Marie Cooke (Lazore) passed away at the age of 84 to join her family in heaven. Her children would like to think she was met by her father in the family carriage pulled by her favorite horse, "Queenie."

Edna lived a full life, filled with beautiful memories and the love of her family. Born December 27, 1935, at Akwesasne, she was the youngest of seven children. She was predeceased by her father, Thomas Lazore and her mother, Agnes Lazore (Jock). She married Ronald Cooke in 1955. The marriage ended in divorce, but they remained close friends throughout the years.

With a dream of making a great life, Edna moved out West. She fulfilled her dreams building multiple successful businesses through hard work and passion. One of her favorite joys was bringing comfort and happiness through preparing and serving gourmet cuisine to everyone she knew. She always said, "Tomato loves basil." She lived a beautiful life serving as an inspiration to all. Edna is survived by her companion Michael Balon, her three children Leanne Cooke, Ramona Ayers and Craig Cooke along with six grandchildren and three great-grand children and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her sisters, Beatrice Cole and Juanita Ashton and her brothers, Arthur, Harold, Ashley and Glen Lazore. Edna was known to family and friends as "Bunty" and she is fondly remembered by many people here in Akwesasne.

A celebration of Edna's life will be held at Forest Lawn, Covina Hills, California on July 23, 2020 at 10 am.


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