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M. Joanne Robertson-Cook

January 15, 1935 May 26, 2018
M. Joanne Robertson-Cook
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Obituary for M. Joanne Robertson-Cook

Cumberland, MD – M. Joanne Robertson-Cook, 83, of Cumberland, MD, peacefully passed away in her sleep on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Sterling Care Frostburg Village Nursing Home with End Stage Kidney Disease and the final stages of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. She had been a patient on Kidney Dialysis for over four years. 

Born January 15, 1935, at her home in Westernport, MD, Joanne was the oldest daughter of the late William and Lorena (Humphrey) Wilkinson. She was also preceded in death by her first love of her life and husband, Edward Jr. Robertson; her second husband: William H. Cook: her loving and most beautiful sister: Linda S. Becker; her only beloved son: Robert W. “Bobby” Cook; and her loving daughter: Robin J. (Robertson) Evans. 

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Bruce High School, was an avid cheerleader, and played on the girl’s basketball team. She was employed by Memorial Hospital as a Unit Secretary for over 25 years working on the Orthopedic and ICU Units.  Joanne was a dedicated, hard worker and often trained others to become a Unit Secretary.  She was loved by so many great employees. 

Joanne is survived by her most loving and caring brother: Donald Wilkinson, Sr., and wife, Phyllis, and their beautiful families, loving niece: Crista Landis Boyd and family; and nephew: Thomas W. Landis: She is also survived by her twin daughters: Donna (Robertson) McIntyre; and Deanna “Dee” (Robertson) Phillips; and Cindy (Cook) Palmer. 

Joanne is also survived by her loving and caring companion of 35 years: John G. “Jack” Ruhl, who dedicated all of his countless time in caring and taking care of Joanne.  Their favorite place was cruising on Deep Creek Lake.  Their countless memories were shared with laughter, family, and friends.  We can only hold onto the beautiful memories.  A special thank you to Jack’s son, Greg Ruhl, who was also always there when needed.  Joanne is survived by seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; and one great grandson who is due in October.  Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were unconditional. 

Joanne had a special love for all who passed through her life. She will be missed by so many.  She never met a stranger, the life of a party, and a shoulder to cry on.  Her strength and perseverance will live on through all of us who knew her and loved her. 

At Joanne’s request, she was cremated. There will be no viewing or services.  A private service will be held at a later date. 

We want to thank the WMHS Dialysis Unit for all of their wonderful care and concern they gave Joanne for the last four years. We also want to thank Dr. Sidhu, the dedicated RNs and assistants, and office personnel of Sterling Care Frostburg Village who dedicated all of their time and loving care to Joanne to make her comfortable during her stay.  A special thank you to Janet (Cessna) Rymes, who was Joanne’s companion on the van rides to Dialysis who always put a special smile on Joanne’s face and made her laugh. 

In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made to the WMHS Dialysis Unit, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502; or, to Sterling Care Frostburg Village, One Kaylor Circle, Frostburg, MD 21532.

 “My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”  – Billy Graham.


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