Shirley M. (Bestwick) Cook

Date of Passing:

November 24, 2021

Cook, Shirley M., (Bestwick), 88, of Peck Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on November 24, 2021 at the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Walter R. Cook Jr.

Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Noel and Lily (Carlin) Bestwick, she was a lifelong resident of East Providence.

Mrs. Cook was a member of the Saints Matthew & Mark Church, Barrington, the Red Hat Ladies Club and the East Providence Senior Center. She enjoyed spending time with her loving sons, daughter-in-law’s and grandchildren.

She is survived by five sons, David W. Cook and his wife Debra, Daniel W. Cook, Noel G. Cook and his wife Sue and Peter W. Cook and his wife Wendy, all of Riverside and Paul W. Cook and his wife Linda of Hopkinton; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren and two nieces, Susan and Cindy of Oklahoma. She was the sister of the late Robert and Donna Bestwick.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Monday November 29, 2021 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Calling hours are Sunday 3-6 p.m. Contributions in Shirley’s memory to the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. I just lost my mom and the closest mom I ever had next to my mom… was Shirley. She truly was my best friend. May she forever Rest In Peace. One of the sweetest most beautiful ladies. I will forever love you ??❤️??

  2. Condolences to the Cook family especially David and Peter whom I had the privaledge to work with. May she R.I.P.

  3. Sorry for you lost send my prison thoughts?

  4. To the entire family we are so sorry to hear of your loss / Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time ?❤️

  5. To Paul and the Cook’s family. So sorry for your loss. It’s my pleasure to have known her, she was caring and loving. She will be miss by everyone.

  6. Peter and Wendy, and all the family. I’m so sorry to hear your mom passed. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Patye and Andrea

  7. My deepest sympathies to all of you. May the cherished memories comfort you. My thoughts and prayers to the daily

    Nicole Brouillette

  8. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of mother who was a wonderful person, I remember her since I was a young boy and will remember her always.

  9. >so sorry for your loss.

  10. Wishing condolences to the entire Cook family especially my brothers David and Peter.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and are always available and willing to support you any way possible.
    Tony and Lori Buonanno

  11. Our deepest condolences to the entire Cook family. Her care and compassion for her family was a blessing to all who knew her. I could not have asked for a better Nana to my son. I was blessed to know her all these years.

  12. Paul so sorry to hear the passing of your mom my condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care

    Roxanne Gunter

  13. Sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing, she was the best mother in law and Nana to my son Carlin. She was the sweetest person to be around. I have many memories that will last forever . My thoughts are with all of you. My condolences.

  14. The Cook family sorry to hear about your loss

  15. So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was a true sweetheart who was loved by everyone. We will miss her dearly. My condolences. ? ?

  16. Shirley was such a sweet and hospitable lady. Was blessed to share a vacation with Donna to meet and visit with Shirley. Such a wonderful time.and the joy we shared being together and touring Rhode Island , etc. Love and prayers for the Family. Another Angel Home??

  17. Sending all of our love to family and friends. Xoxoxo

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