DeLane Ann Cook

DeLane Ann Cook

Dec. 8, 1951 ~ Aprili 7, 2022


DeLane Ann Cook, 71, died peacefully in the arms of her husband on April 7, 2022, at their home in Basin, Wyo., after facing kidney disease head on refusing treatment delaying life’s inevitable.

DeLane was born on Dec. 8, 1951, in Lovell, Wyo., to John L. Paris and Leota (Ray) Paris. Soon after her family moved to Greybull and started the family’s namesake, DeLane’s Café. She was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whom her father had met in the 1940s. DeLane grew up a strong-willed, self-sufficient person. She spent summers following her dad and brothers’ success on the horse racing circuit, riding in that “old green truck.” Her pony named trigger and cart kept her full attention at parades and horse racing. As she got older, her passion for cooking and serving customers at the café developed. In 1969, she married her high school sweetheart, David Cook. In 1970, she graduated from Greybull High School. When the café closed, she worked at South Big Horn Hospital for a couple years, then the Wyoming Retirement Center. Thousands of meals were prepared by her. She was known for her cinnamon rolls and creampuffs.

She retired in 2002, keeping her passion for putting on meals alive, feeding friends, family and MI maintenance department. She was involved in Girl Scout leadership, Pampered Chef sales rep, and was a Beta Sorority member. She was known for standing up for her Mexican family heritage. She would get up from her chair to help a struggling waitress serve their customers at any restaurant at any time, then giving the tips to them to make more tips. She enjoyed camping, yard sales and traveling.

David and DeLane were blessed with two children, Misti and Jason; she followed and supported them to create their life journey.

She was blessed with five grandsons — Jarett and Jordan LoRusso, Cannon, Keeton and Carsten Cook — that were the center of her attention. She enjoyed each grandson’s unique accomplishments, graduating, drivers licenses, Roanoke College baseball pitcher, baseball, football, livestock shows, motorcycles, jobs, academic achievements and wood projects.

As her health deteriorated, it was heartbreaking to her not being allowed to fly or see and be a part of their lives as much; they are her legacy.

DeLane was preceded in the death by her parents John and Leota, brothers Tim and Wayne Paris, and brothers-in-law Jay and Jerry Cook.

DeLane is survived by her husband David Cook of 53 years; daughter Misti and Mike LoRusso of Roundhill, Va.; son Jason and Samantha Cook of Greybull, Wyo.; grandsons, Jarett and Jordan LoRusso of Roundhill, Va., Cannon, Keeton and Carsten Cook of Greybull, Wyo.; sister in laws, brother in law, many nieces, nephews and special friends.

She requested to be cremated and placed in the urn that she approved of, made by her grandson Cannon, when the doctors gave her six months without any treatment. She will ride in that “old green truck” again to the private family burial in the Cook family plot, at the Odessa Cemetery at a later date.

If you feel the need, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Odessa Cemetery (3505 Road 28 Greybull, WY, 82426) to keep the grass green and leaves blowing in the wind. Enjoy a cup of coffee, cinnamon roll or a cream puff and reminisce. Cremation has taken place at Antelope Butte crematory in Greybull, Wyo.