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About Jennifer Cooke - August 4, 1978 to August 11, 2013

Jennifer Cooke was a loving mother, daughter, sister, a loyal friend and a calming sweet spirit whose presence will be always missed.

She was a true lover of music and a beautiful person inside and out whose kind and accepting manner endeared her to everyone she met. A graduate of OSU, Jennifer worked at the Stefanie Spielman Breast Center at OSU as a Clinical Research Coordinator where she touched the lives of many.

On August 11, 2013, at just 35 years of age, Jennifer was tragically stolen from us, leaving an irreparable hole in her daughter's heart, in her family's life and in her strong community of friends and co-workers.

The Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund was established by her Mother to help support Jennifer's daughter, who was just 10 years old when her mom died. Donations to the fund are to be used for expenses associated with Jennifer's funeral and to help Jennifer's daughter with living, educational, healthcare, and relocation expenses, during this difficult time and to provide care and support for her in the years ahead.

Your support of the Memorial Fund is greatly appreciated! Please click below to donate or visit the fundraising tab for more information about how to help. For more information go

Your support of the Memorial Fund is appreciated! Please click below to donate or visit the fundraising tab for more information about how to help. For more information go here.

Online condolences and inquiries may be made by contacting Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund.

How to help

Donations to the Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund can be made in multiple ways:

  1. Make a donation using your Paypal account or credit card.


  2. Make a monetary donation to the Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund by walking into any Huntington Bank. Visit Huntington Bank Locator to find locations nearest you.

How to help

This is a tragic experience for Jennifer's 10 year old daughter to go through. Please donate to help assure that we can replace her belongings and help smooth the rest of the path through life for her. Donations to the fund are to be used for expenses associated with the funeral and to help Jennifer’s daughter with living, educational, healthcare, and relocation expenses, during this difficult time and to provide care and support for her in the years ahead. Please contact us at the Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund with any questions about donating.

Donations to the Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund can be made in multiple ways:

  1. Make a donation using your Paypal account or credit card.


  2. Make a monetary donation to the Jennifer Cooke Memorial Fund by walking into any Huntington Bank.
    Visit Huntington Bank Locator find locations nearest you.

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Remembrances

It's October 2012, and like many women, I went in for a routine mammogram. I got a call that they saw something suspicious, and I needed another mammogram with additional angles. I was scared, and something made me call on Jen. I remembered she had left the dental clinic to work with research, but coincidentally she was working at the Stefanie Spielman Breast Center at OSU. Jen was a source of knowledge, and more than that, she was a guiding light of positivity. She told me a lot of people have repeat mammograms, and it turns out to be nothing.
Well, I got the call.

I needed to schedule a needle-guided biopsy. Jen picked me up that day on her way to work, and took me everywhere I needed to go. She had a way of looking me in the eye and gently reaching out to reassure me that I was going to be okay. Well, after enduring that procedure, she shared with me she needed to be at the James later, as she volunteered to get an MRI as part of a cancer research study that needed healthy comparisons. She said she was nervous. Together we decided, despite my stitches and bandages, the least I could do was go with her and let the adventure continue. She really wanted the company. She asked the researcher if I could observe the procedure and they agreed. THAT'S RIGHT… I got to see her heart beating !!! It was a unique moment at the time, and as I write this, I am filled with emotion.
Well, I got the call.

It was cancer, very early cancer, but I needed to meet with a surgeon. She reassured me that my doctor was a great choice. Eventually, (it took me awhile to decide) deciding on a lumpectomy and radiation, Jen was very pleased. Once again, she reminded me that along with taking medication for 5 years, the risk of recurrence was about the same as having a mastectomy. Along the way, many awesome family and friends got involved in my support and as you probably guessed, despite her busy schedule, Jen made sure she brought over dinner.

My last, brief, conversation with Jennifer a few weeks ago ended with her asking how I was feeling. I told her I didn't like the Tamoxifen. In true Jen fashion she replied, "Oh. I think I remember hearing that it gets better after a while."

I will miss your positivity, love and support, Jen. Thank you for helping me through the stress-filled diagnosis. Thank you for being my friend.

Mary Hart


It's rare that people universally agree about something, but this is the case when you talk about our friend Jennifer. Anyone who looked at her could see her engaging smile, but what you didn't see from the surface was her sweet spirit, genuine personality and ability to draw you in to a conversation. Her love for her daughter, Vivian, was first and foremost in her mind, and she loved her fiercely. The road for a single mom is not an easy one, and Jennifer handled it with grace and strength. She was an amazing example for her daughter as she managed to complete her degree while carrying the load of raising Vivian and managing their home. Jennifer loved her family, and counted her mother Charlyn, and brother, Jeff as friends.

Jennifer lived in the here and now, and took advantage of experiencing all that life has to offer. If you needed a partner for a concert, she would come. A dance class you've wanted to try? Call Jennifer. Heard about the new Indian restaurant around the corner? Jennifer was in. Her joy of life was a flame that drew people in; her enthusiasm, intelligence, sense of humor and love for all kept them there. Her life was full, her heart was open. Talk to her friends, and you will understand why we love her so much. The world is a little bit darker without her presence in it, and will be greatly, greatly missed.

This page is to help those who were touched by Jennifer's life, whether while she was here or in hearing the stories and love from her friends since she's left us, honor her with a donation. She's left behind a daughter who has lost everything, and while we can't replace the most important part we will take care of Vivian and her needs the best we can. We love you, Jennifer, and will honor you and bless your daughter and family in your absence.

Missy Bates Bussey


I was asked to write about Jennifer Cooke, who she was and what made her special to me. Usually, words are my thing. I love to write and verses come easy. But, this is different. The words are escaping me. They are unable to fulfil the task at hand because, Jen was more than words. She was action. She was who she said she was. She was genuine. She was kindness, grace, love and beauty. She was accepting and forgiving. She was a warrior, a goddess, a mother, a sister, a daughter. She was a lover of music, arts and festivals. She was a dancer... Well, a swayer. She was a biker, a camper, a lover of nature and light. She was funny and silly. She was Zen Jen... Jennifer Cooke was more than just my friend... She was an inspiration. Perhaps her light shinned too brightly for this world, or maybe that's just something people say, when someone so good is taken away. There is no sense to be made from her tragic passing, but perhaps we can take her example and continue to share her light with the world. I think she would like that. I think she would be happy to know, she mattered! Her life and the way she lived, changed this world and I and anyone who had the opportunity to know her for the better.

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