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Betty Cook Verzaal Donald
Betty Cook Verzaal Donald

Betty Cook Verzaal Donald, of Wilmington, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 86.

Betty was born Sept. 8, 1928, daughter of the late Grover H. Cook and Vanita Farrow Cook of Wilmington. She was one of nine children and was the last living sibling. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris Cook, Calvin Cook, Russell Cook, Robert Cook and Lawrence Cook; sisters, Ruby Ganey, Grace Hocutt and Neta Parrish; first husband, John Verzaal Jr.; and her second husband, Clint Donald.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a homemaker and excellent cook who loved to bake cakes and cookies for all her friends and family. Each year before Christmas you could find her making handmade ornaments for those special people in her life. She was an active member of Long Leaf Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Dot Coleman (Jimmy) and Frances “Ginny” Verzaal Vail (David); two grandsons, Robert “Gene” Verzaal and Aaron Coleman; two great-granddaughters, Sydney Verzaal and Avery Verzaal; sister-in-law, Sophia V. West; and brother-in-law, Everett Parrish. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Kay Donald Bryant (Brian) and Ray Donald; five step-grandchildren, Karen King, Kevin Donald, Stanley Bryant, Laura V. Rouse and Andrew Vail; three step-great-grandchildren, Christina King, J.R. King and Brittney Rouse; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, at Long Leaf Baptist Church with Jim Coates officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank the people who cared for her at Davita Dialysis and Silver Stream Health and Rehabilitation. We are especially grateful to her doctors: Dr. William Eakins, Dr. Thomas Eskew and all her nephrologists.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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