Jane Kendall (Burns) Cook

by Lynn McMillen
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Jane Kendall (Burns) Cook, 95, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Mrs. Cook was a career woman with Chrysler for 28 years being the first female management employee in Huntsville in 1966 and retired in 1986 because they were bringing computers into the office. Ironically, one of the first things she did was buy a home computer/word processor in order to document her research of her family genealogy for which she wrote 2 in depth books.

Mrs. Cook was also a seamstress making clothing, coats, suits, and drapes and formed the Sew Faithful Quilting group teaching others to quilt. As an avid volunteer and member of University Baptist Church, she served on numerous committees and made church banners and flags which are still in use today.

Along with being an accomplished genealogist, she was a world traveler, artist, gardener, and award wining quilter. Being an independent woman, she never wanted to be the center of attention; but she would speak her mind without mincing words.

Survivors include son, John Burns (Regina); daughter, Betty Guillot (Larry); grandchildren, Melissa Burns Royster (Scott), Caty Burns Stokes (Ben), Tyler Burns (Jennifer), and Molly Burns Kirchoff (Brett); great-grandchildren, Peyton Royster, Savannah Royster, Bo Stokes, Nate Stokes, Elle Burns, Kate Burns, Vivien Burns, Kendall Kirchoff, and Kade Kirchoff; step grandchildren, Chaun Brooks (Ricky), Misty Tielking (Todd), Amber Allen (Willie), and Richard Holmes (Cassie); step great-grandchildren, Chris Vines, Maya Stafford, Mack Stafford (Sarah), Tatum Tielking, Shelby Tielking, Olivia Allen, Blakley Holmes, and Jensen Holmes; and step great-great-grandchild, Wesley Stafford. She was preceded in death by her husband, William ‘Bill’ Hugh Cook.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.

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