Western Jamaica stalwart Lady Cooke laid to rest
Jamaicans from all walks of life congregated at the East Queen Street Baptist Church, downtown Kingston, on Friday to pay their final respect to the late Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of former Governor-General, Sir Howard Cooke.
The approximately three-hour long service included musical interludes and tributes from family members and close friends including her son Justice (retd.) Howard Cooke and former Prime Minister Patterson.
In his tribute, Patterson said Lady Cooke was a role model and inspiration for all who came within her path.
Justice Cooke, in an emotional tribute, said his mother, who came from humble beginnings, always carried herself with poise and elegance.
He noted that Lady Cooke had a passion for music and was instrumental in starting the annual Christmas concerts at King's House. "Mama never abandoned her roots and every year, she would send gifts to the needy in Montego Bay," he said.
Lady Cooke, born June 27, 1916, is survived by three children, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
She died on June 5 at the age of 100. Her final resting place is at the National Heroes Park, Kingston.