Ouida Salter Cooke
Feb. 22, 1925-Oct. 30, 2012
Submitted by Macy & Son Funeral Directors
Ouida Salter Cooke passed away on Oct. 30, 2012, in Newberg, Oregon, after battling Alzheimer Disease for 8 years.
She was born in Albany, New York, on Feb. 22, 1925. She spent most of her childhood in Avon Park, Florida, with her brothers Douglas, Clayton and her parents Grethel and Louise Fields. She graduated from high school in 1943 and became a secretary at Florida Southern College where she met her husband to be, Wesley Salter.
She and Wesley and her two children, Devon and Mara, left Florida in 1960 for Evergreen, Colorado, where Wesley had taken a position as Chief Architect for the architectural firm the "Woodpeckers." They stayed for a short time before moving to Palo Alto, California, where Wesley became the lead architect for Carl Holvick Construction and Ouida took a secretarial position at Stanford Research Institute.
Three years later Wesley passed away from Leukemia and Ouida returned to school to get her teaching credential. She graduated from San Jose State in 1966 and for the next 30 years taught school in the Berryessa School District with most of the time spent between Laneview Elementary and Sierramont Middle School.
Besides teaching, Ouida's other passions included the Opera, the Theater, and the Symphony, as well as working in the garden. She also spent a great deal of time decorating and turning over many an Eichler home. She attended the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto for close to 40 years, which is where she met David Cooke, whom she married in 1980.
David and Ouida spent the next 30 years together until his passing in 2009. Ouida was crazy about her grandchildren and bragged extensively about each and every one of the 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleson Road, Palo Alto.