March 11, 1936 ~ August 25, 2013
Patricia Lynch Cook died on Sunday, August 25. She was 77 years old. After living twenty-two years in Athens, her husband and she moved to Park Springs Retirement Community in Stone Mountain. Patricia was born and raised in Atlanta. She was the only child of Patrick and Lucille Lynch. She graduated from Sylvan High School, where she lettered in tennis each year. She earned a degree in Education from Erskine College. It was at Erskine that she met and married Charles E. Cook from Charlotte, NC. Patricia was an elementary school teacher in Decatur and in Macon. She was active in the Presbyterian Church USA, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir, sharing in a knitting ministry which inspired a similar ministry in her daughter's church in Charleston, and participating in and leading many other church programs and social service events. She loved to read, play bridge, cook, and use her artistic skills in many types of handicrafts. She loved holidays, sprucing up her home with warm pictures, ornaments, Christmas trees and even decorative cakes and foods. Friendship was both a strength and a gift in her life. People felt drawn to her and were personally very close to her. She was fun to be with! Just ask her grandchildren! Patricia was a devoted mother to her son Charles and daughter Luci. That devotion took on a wonderful new dimension when she became a grandmother. Playing games, making cookies, blowing bubbles, planning field trips, creating "sack" presents, riding in the boat, making crafts, painting pictures, making handprints, hiding Easter eggs, designing memory books, playing at the park, going to museums, and generally creating an atmosphere of love and fun brought some of the greatest highlights of her life. Jacob who is now in college, Chas and Abigail who are in high school and Owen who is middle school have memories from "Tishy" and "G-Daddy" beyond what she would have ever dreamed for them. The impact on their lives provides a glimpse into her joyful influence on hundreds if not thousands of people during her life. Patricia is survived by: her husband; Charlie, a son, Charles married to Amy Bryan; and a daughter, Luci married to Don Elsey. Her four grandchildren are Jacob Elsey, Chas Cook, Abigail Elsey, and Owen Cook. She is also survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Seattle, and by several cousins in the Atlanta area. A memorial service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Athens on Sunday afternoon, September 1 at 4:00 PM. The Reverends Bob Bohler and Martha Starnes will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Patricia's cremains will be buried in the Central Presbyterian Church Memory Garden, which she helped establish. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to: Dee Norton Low Country Children's Center, 1061 King St., Charleston, SC 29403; or to Mission Emanuel, 1220 E. Concord St., Orlando, Florida 32803.