Mrs. Mary Laura Pearson Cook, age 95, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
Laura was born on October 2, 1922 in Sampson County to Ada Lee Elmore Pearson and Luther Laron Pearson. She was one of 8 children. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Perry Edward Cook; her brothers, Braxton, Herbert and LL Pearson; and sister, Ruth Lindsay.
Laura is survived by her only daughter, Carolyn Cook Beaver and husband H. Gerald Beaver (Fayetteville); her granddaughters, Jenny Beaver deViere and husband Kirk (Fayetteville); and Laura Elizabeth Beaver (Raleigh); one great- grandchild, Greyson Joseph deViere; two sisters, Grace Hardy (Kinston) and Doris Hartness (Raleigh); and one brother Charles Pearson (Clinton).
Laura was an extraordinary and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She spent 89 years of her life in her beloved town of Clinton, surrounded by most all of her family and friends. Faith was a cornerstone in Laura’s life. She was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church where she was awarded the United Methodist Women Christian Service Award in 1998 because of her devotion to the Lord and her kindness and service to those in her church and community. Together, Laura and Perry ran the local NAPA Auto Parts store in Clinton for 30 years. She considered raising her beloved daughter Carolyn and serving as grandmother to her granddaughters, Jenny and Laura, her greatest achievement in life. She was the most wonderful mother and grandmother anyone could have asked for. She adored her three girls and helped mold them into the strong women they are today. Laura’s favorite past time was planting flowers in her backyard garden. Every Spring she could be found in her garden planting away. She also enjoyed the holidays because they brought her whole family together and gave her an excuse to cook some of her favorite meals. She believed in feeding the soul with food, good country cooking. Laura loved her big family. She was always proud of many of her nieces and nephews and did her best to be a presence in their lives. Laura will be remembered mostly for the small things she did in a great way to let those in her life know how much they were loved.
A graveside service will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11am at Clinton Cemetery with the Rev. Ernest Johnson III officiating. A luncheon for family and out of town friends will be hosted immediately after the service at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall by the First United Methodist Women which Laura was a member of for most of her adult life.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First United Methodist Church in Clinton, 208 Sampson St, Clinton, NC 28328.
Royal-Hall Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Cook’s Family.