COOK, Wister Cook born January 27, 1934, of Atlanta, died at home Wednesday, January 13, 2016 after a brief illness. A native of Ashford, Alabama she was an alumna of Judson College where she studied music and literature. Wister earned a masters degree from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from Auburn University. She taught English at Georgia Tech for over thirty years. Wister loved literature, art, music, and travel. Generous in spirit, Wister was active in her church and it’s outreach programs. Her generosity extended to local charities as well. Wister is survived by her loving husband, David Criner of Atlanta, stepchildren, a step-grandchild, and two step-great grandchildren. She had many close and dear cousins. She will be sorely missed by her relatives, her former colleagues of Georgia Tech, and her friends. Her funeral and memorial service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Church of the Epiphany 2089 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA 30307. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. David is my cousin. We have loved Witter from the first time we met her many, many years ago. She was a lovely person & she will be sorely missed.

  2. Wister and I were classmates at Judson College in the 1950s and we have maintained contact all these years. She was, truly, beloved by all who knew her and I shall miss her sorely.

  3. We are so glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with you and Wister on our trip to Atlanta. Wister was a warm and welcoming person. We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Your friends always, Craig and Sandra

  4. Wister was a remarkable person and exceptional friend. I met her 25 or more years ago when she wanted to properly light her wonderful art collection. We became fast friends and I always planned extra time when she needed electrical work so we would have a chance to visit. Her intelligence, style, open mindedness and humor endeared her to me. Really sad that she is no longer on this planet. What a great loss for all who were privileged to encountered her! My heart goes out to you, David. Big hugs

  5. I don’t know if you remember me at all, but Jim passed the notice on to me as he knew I would want to be informed. I wish to express my condolences for your loss. I pray you will weather this time of sorrow and find strength in the love of your family and friends.
    My thoughts are with you. Miryam.

  6. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your dear loved one. Please find comfort in God’s words at Acts 24 : 15 and Revelation 21 : 3,4 which assure us of God’s love in times of sorrow.

  7. My mother, Sally Hall, and Miss Wister were great friends. They attended college together and even wound up taking a trip to tour part of Europe together. When my mom passed away, Miss Wister was my choice to deliver her eulogy and she of course did a wonderful job as only Miss Wister could. I didn’t get to see her very often, but she was one of my favorite people to see when she did return to Ashford on visits. Miss Wister was the epitome of the classic, cultured, real southern lady. I will miss her.

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