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Ruth Verna Cook, age 80, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Ascension St. John Hospital in Warren, Michigan. She was born on March 9, 1939 in Detroit, daughter of the late Joe and the late Helen (nee: Czaplewski) Gora.

For anyone who truly knew this wonderful lady, they'll easily attest to Ruth's strong and abiding faith and how important she considered her walk with God. A longtime parishioner at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren, Ruth was both a regular attendee and active member of the congregation whose mission field was right in her own neighborhood. Often referring to herself as "God's Child," Ruth's faith was so much more than merely a Sunday-go-to-meetin' acquaintance,…it was an all-encompassing, spirit filled, prayer-centered relationship with God. It enveloped most everything that defined her life and guided her path,…except, of course, for that tiny bit of leeway she afforded to her other daily indulgence,…reading her horoscope. She may have been God's child, but there was that momentary point in the day when He was compelled to cover His eyes and let His daughter have a little fun with the stars. After all, this was his devout and dedicated prayer warrior!

Ruth will also be remembered for the immense devotion and love she held for her parents. They were her rock, the foundation on which her morals, integrity and faith were born. The lessons she drew from their wisdom and knowledge remained with Ruth throughout her entire life and were like a beacon in the night, lighting the way towards hope and happiness. Ruth was seen as a warm-hearted and caring person, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She didn't have a selfish bone in her body, rather a heart of generosity that was forever reaching out to help. And for as Godly as she was, many will also reflect on what a lighthearted and humorous lady she was as well. Always seeking to infuse a bit of laughter into the lives of others, she was quite the comedian at times.

Ruth enjoyed many things in life, but none so much as her precious cherubs,…her children and grandchildren. They were God's most treasured gifts in her life, and she cherished each moment she was afforded in their company. They truly were the light of her life, just like Ruth was to all who were blessed to know her. She touched countless hearts and souls in her journey this side of Heaven,…now, may she rest in peace, safe in the arms of God.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Miles Lambert Cook, dearest mother of Shirley Benavides, and loving grandmother of Melissa Anne and Jonathon Robert. She was also the sister of the late Jim Gora, the late Patricia Young, and the late Ken Gora.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren.

Please share memories of Ruth at her guest book above.