Celesta Nadine Cooke
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Celesta Nadine Cooke, age 87, of Norfolk, Nebraska, peacefully entered the presence of the Lord surrounded by members of her family on Friday December 12, 2014.

Funeral services are 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at Discovery Church, 205 W. 3rd Street in Yankton, SD with Rev. Jon Cooke officiating. Burial will be in Chambers Cemetery, Chambers NE. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Celesta was born May 29th 1927 in Stuart, Nebraska to Lloyd and Leona (Adams) Gleed. Celesta's childhood years were lived on the Gleed family shorthorn ranch 6 miles west of Chambers, Nebraska. Celesta began her primary education at the Gleed Country School and later attended the Chambers Public Schools graduating May 19, 1944. In her youth, Celesta made a personal commitment to become a follower of Jesus Christ through the preaching of Dr. Theodore Epp of Back to the Bible Ministries. All her life she enjoyed studying God's Word, praying for others and being servant to the body of Christ. On November 3, 1946, Celesta married Rev. Ralph Cooke and began a life of over 60 years of Christian service, where together they joyfully communicated the gospel and encouraged believers in their walk with Jesus. Celesta sensed a high calling from God to homemaking and motherhood and her 8 children, 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren are grateful for all the expressions of love, encouragement and support they have received throughout their lives.

Celesta's aim in life was for the Lord Jesus Christ to be exalted in her life and she finished her life of service accomplishing this aim.

She is survived by her children Marietta (Michael) Heuberger of Pequot Lakes MN; Samuel (Cheryl) Cooke of Minneapolis, MN; Rev. Philip (Karen) Cooke of Morgan Hill, CA; Deborah (Lyn) Rambo of Elk Grove, CA; Lois (Rev. Bud) Fuchs of Provo, UT, Mark (Rebecca) Cooke of Elk Grove, CA; Rev. Jon (Pam) Cooke of Yankton, SD; 20 grandchildren; 28 grandchildren; and two sisters Armetta Prill of Tulsa, OK and Dorine Covault of Des Moines IA.

Celesta was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her parents Lloyd and Leona Gleed, and her daughter Sarah Joy Bosch.

In lieu of flowers memorials gifts can be directed to Discovery Church in Yankton or the Jews for Jesus.

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Our prayers go out to the whole family in your time of loss. Celesta was a wonderful Christian woman. Her love of God, prayer and family was an example for all of us.

Jean, Pal and Terry Stull

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with all the family.

Kim Jespersen

Sorry to about your loss. She was a great lady. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of your family.

Greg & Teena Frederick

Words can not begin to say how we feel about Celesta's passing. Sorrow and hurt that she will no longer be among us is natural. Knowing her eternal life has begun with her Lord and Savor in Heaven overpowers the sorrow and hurt which gives us great joy. We rejoice that she is now with Jesus, Ralph, Joy, her parents and many of her friends through out her life. What a wonderful Christmas this will be in heaven for all of them! We are praying for comfort and peace for all family of Celesta.

Joe and Mollie Foss

Ralph and Celesta were special people to us in Chambers. So many memories as a child of them and their extended families. They are sitting at the feet of Jesus with arms outstretched praising their Savior. May you have peace visualizing that.

Wayne & Linda Green

Heaven rejoices as Celesta is welcomed home! Ralph and Celesta were dear people who communicated God's love to each person they met. They were the hands and feet of Jesus here on Earth and I was so blessed to have known them. Praying for comfort for you all as you experience this loss.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 "But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus."

Lisa Green

My condolences on the loss of your dear mother, Celesta. It is always heart wrenching when death causes us to lose someone we love. Please be assured that God does love you and your family and has even made a promise in the bible book of Revelation 21:3, 4 to bring an end to all sickness, pain, and even death. I hope these promises bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time.


Bud and Lois

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this time of tears and joy. What a blessing to read your mom's obituary and rejoice in the legacy your parents have left behind. May the Lord find us just as faithful during our short time here on earth. Blessings to you and your families.

Steve and LeAnn Burrell

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