Pamela Sue Cook

May 16, 1940 ‒ July 11, 2020

Port Clinton, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Early in the evening of Saturday, July 11, 2020, in her home in Port Clinton, Ohio, Pamela Sue Cook’s spiritual soul left her body to return to its Creator.

Pam entered this world May 16, 1940, the daughter of the late John Smith and Rheda Maxine (Kenyon) Neville.  She was raised in Waldo, Ohio, where she graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1958.

Shortly following graduation, Pam married the love of her life, Ned B. Cook, at Waldo United Methodist Church on November 16, 1958.  They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2019.  Together they raised two sons: Michael B. and Jeffrey B. Cook.

Over a span of 33 years, Pam served as a personal secretary to seven superintendents at River Valley High School in Marion, Ohio, from where she retired in 2005.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Ned Cook; son, Jeff (Carey) Cook; five grandchildren: Ashley (Nick) Ljubi, Abbey (Nick) Slee, Carson (Brandy) Cook, Camron Cook, and Canaan Cook; two step-granddaughters: Kylee and Katie Wetterauer; three great-grandchildren: Nora, Gretchen, and Archer Slee; a sister, Marilyn (Bob) Bachelder; and several nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Pam was preceded in death by her son, Michael Cook in 1993.

Her family will greet friends with a drive thru visitation from 11 am – 1 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER/FARISON Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will observed privately by her family at her graveside in Marion Cemetery.

Pam received devoted, loving care during her eight years of Lewy Body Dementia at her home by her husband.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Pam to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Cleveland for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders research. Gifts can be sent to Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655 or made online at Please include the name of the deceased and area in the memo section on the check.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Pam’s family.  Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with them at

  • Condolences to the entire Cook family.
    I worked with Pam at River Valley for several years before she retired and she was always a sweet and classy lady even during the occasional challenging day we may have been having. RIP Pam.

  • Our Deepest Sympathy to her Family.. She was such an Awesome person and Beautiful inside and out..
    May your Memories help heal your Hearts.

  • Ned and family,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. I have never met a classier more kind person in my life. I was honored to have worked with her. River Valley lost the best secretary they ever had and now the world has lost the nicest lady! May God bless and keep you in the days ahead.

  • Ned and family…I am so sorry to hear of Pam’s passing. She was a very sweet person. I was previously married to her cousin, Terry Neville, and worked with Ned at WMRN. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brenda (Clixby) Neville-Kramer

  • So sorry to hear this news. Thoughts and prayers to Ned and family. Pam was a special person and will be missed but never forgotten 🙏

  • With deep sympathy and prayers to all of Pam’s family and friends.
    Tom and Diane Fetter

  • So sorry to hear about Pam. Our prayers are with Ned, Jeff and the rest of the family

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ned, family, friends, and all loved ones. We are so sorry to hear the news of Pam’s passing and your loss. It was indeed my honor and privilege to work with and alongside Pam at River Valley where she served as my Administrative Assistant as Superintendent of Schools for the first 7 of my nearly 15 years.

    In a word, she was the best. Pam was hardworking, dedicated, honest, and a consummate professional. She was always thoughtful and kind, a good listener, very astute, so classy with an unmatched work ethic and she kept her counsel. I valued her and her advice as the district worked through the serious environmental issues at River Valley, then passing the bond issue which culminated in the opening of all new facilities in August of 2003. She was there and always by my side through thick and thin.

    Indeed, she was a special person! She so loved Ned and her family. The parents, students, staff and community as well as myself were so well served by this kind, gentle and gracious person All of us are better off for having known her. She made a difference and left footprints. She will not be forgotten.

    Blessings and Prayers.

    Tom & Cathy Shade

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Mrs Cook. She was such a sweet lady. Our love and prayers to Mr Cook and Jeff Thinking of you.
    Trish Flaherty Reid and family
    Tammy Flaherty

  • Ned, I know Pam’s dying was a blessing but you will still miss her! She was one of my best friends in high school! The 6 girls were like sisters in our senior year & we all approved of her getting married right after graduation! It will be awhile to get used to living alone! Take care & my best to your son!

  • Ned & Family,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Pam was a classmate from 1st grade through high school graduation. A lot of fun and good times during those twelve years. A unique experience growing up in a rural community with a class of eleven.
    Sorry we couldn’t make it back to Ohio.
    John Walter
    Waldo HS ‘58
    O’ Fallon, MO

  • Pam was such a sweet and encouraging presence to everyone around her. I’ll never forget her rolling her eyes whenever Ned would start telling us kids the “snipe” stories!

    The video is beautiful and I cried all the way through. I can tell how cherished she was by the whole family. Much love to Ned and Jeff and family…Karen Detweiler Henry

  • Dear Ned,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Although we had the misfortune of missing the wonderful Pam that you married. It is certainly our loss. We are privileged to have witnessed a husband care for his wife with such love and devotion. Year after year. You were both lucky to have found one another.

  • Dear Ned,

    Thank you for the opportunity to know a beautiful lady.

    Anita and Joe

  • My sincere sympathy to all of the Cook family. I am sending loving prayers and healing thoughts for your great loss.

  • Ned seeing you today brought even more memories of our lives. Pam is/was my sister in many ways, we shared a life time together and will miss this beautiful lady so very much.

    I pray for you and your family, I know the memories you made will forever keep you warm and know you have an angel watching over you.

    Jane Click

  • To Ned and Family,
    Sorry to hear about Pam. I have a lot of fond memories visiting Pam her family when we were young. Jerry, you, Pam and I riding around in the sleek black Ford convertible going to Russell Point. Unfortunately, we’re all getting older and beginning to get dementia (Jerry) and I don’t get walk very good any more, only the help of a wheelchair and walker these days. Thanks for taking care of her. Picture/video show you have a very nice family. Take care, love Judy.