Janet Delores Watson Cook


Janet (Jan) Delores Watson Cook died at home in Cartersville, GA, on December 29, 2018, at the age of 89.

Jan is survived by her children, Kathy Cook Pitts, Grayson, GA, Erin Cook Owen, Cartersville, GA, Mike Cook (Lori Cook), St. Simons Island, GA; grandchildren, Ashley Pitts Banks (Andy Banks), Grayson, GA, Lynsey Pitts Poole (Jeff Poole), Dacula, GA, Joe Owen, Cartersville, GA, Jon Owen (Maggie Owen), Atlanta, GA, McClain Cook, Jacksonville, FL, Mallary Cook Claudio (Jose Claudio), Jacksonville, FL, Maddi Cook, St. Simons Island, GA, Michael Cook, St. Simons Island, GA; great-grandchildren, Carter Owen, Cartersville, GA, Miles Owen, Cartersville, GA, Jaden Walimaa, Dacula, GA, Sawyer Cook, Jacksonville, FL, Carter Claudio, Jacksonville, FL, and Hudson Poole, Dacula, GA; nephews, Victor Aloisio, Suwanee, GA and Walter Watson, Brunswick, GA; nieces, Cindy Aloisio Sims, Duluth, GA and Alison Aloisio Albey, Sautee, GA; special friends, Rhonda Smalley, Cartersville, GA, Debbie Tillis, Cartersville, GA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Walter Watson; siblings, Avis Watson and Phyllis Watson Aloisio; husband, Dr. Harold T. Cook, son, Hal Cook, Jr.; son-in-laws, Steve Owen and Truitt Pitts.

Jan was born on January 13, 1929, in Narberth, PA, to Ann and Walter Watson. She married Harold Thomas Cook, who became an Optometrist in 1946 and they moved to Cartersville from Brunswick, GA. The couple welcomed four children into their home, and Jan’s children remember her as a kind, gentle, beautiful mom who encouraged them to pursue their goals. Jan and Harold were married for 48 years, until his death in 1994.

Jan was accomplished at being a great wife, mom, and homemaker, she loved to cook, and was a very talented singer (she loved everything about Frank Sinatra). As a teenager, she was asked to sing at the Brunswick Naval Base, for events at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island, and at the Jekyll Hotel on Jekyll Island; she sang at many dances/parties at the Cartersville Country Club along with Bob Owen on the piano, in the '70s and '80s.  She was the First Runner Up in the Miss Golden Isles Pageant in 1945.  She was an active and dedicated member of the Cartersville Service League for 8 years, and served as President.

A Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 2nd, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Owen Funeral Home with a Graveside Service to follow at 1:30 pm, at Sunset Memorial Gardens; Nephew Jim Sims will be officiating the ceremony. Pallbearers will include Joe Owen, Jon Owen, Carter Owen, Miles Owen, Michael Cook and Andy Banks.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jan’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Etowah Valley Humane Society, in Jan Cook’s name. The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice Care of Cartersville, GA, for their dedication.


Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA, is honored to serve the family of Janet (Jan) Delores Watson Cook.