| July/August 1997

JOHN C: LEE, 70, of Lathrop, Missouri, died January 25, 1997, of cancer.

John loved his wife, his family, his church, his many volunteer organizations, his many friends and neighbors.

He was a retired Amoco Oil dealer and farmer. His hobby was antique tractors, especially IHC. He was very dedicated to the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor, and Engine Association.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Lee. John will be forever missed by all who loved and knew him.

Submitted by E. Brad Foster, 13501 SE State Rt. 116, Edgerton, MO 64444.

MARCELLA REILLY COOKE, 77, of Billings, Montana, quietly departed from this life, Wednesday, March 26, 1997, to begin anew.

While nursing in Omaha, Nebraska, Marcella met Oscar Cooke. She ended her nursing career when she married her beloved Oscar in 1952. The newly weds settled in St. Joseph, Missouri, where Oscar had a branch of his machinery business. Marcella, already a savvy business lady, fit in as a perfect partner with Oscar. During their 43 years of life together, this 'dynamic duo' had many successful business adventures. In 1958, they made the move from Missouri to the CX Ranch in Decker, Montana. When Oscar decided to get out of the cattle business, Marcella leased his share of the ranch from him and ran her own cattle business..

Marcella shared Oscar's love of collecting antiques and she was a vital contributor to the building of Oscar's Dreamland And Yesteryear Museum. Her devotion and love of not only her husband but of her rural heritage led her to enjoy participating in the accumulating of antiques to build this fantastic museum. She spent countless days trucking 'treasures' home, attending auctions, purchasing antique items and giving tours of the museum. She was also the half of the partnership that kept the business end running smoothly.

Marcella was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Oscar, and her oldest brother, Edward Reilly. Marcella is survived by her two children, Riley Oliver Cooke, of Laurel, Montana, and Marcie Ann Limpp, of Roberts, Montana; one sister, two brothers, two granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews, all very dear to her heart.

Submitted by her daughter, Marcie Ann Limpp of Roberts, Montana.


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