Lady Cooke dies at 100
At the age of 100 years old, Ivy Cooke, widow of the late Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, passed away peacefully yesterday at the Andrews Memorial Hospital.
In 1939, the Cookes became the first couple to be married at chapel of the then Mico Teachers' College.
They raised goats, rabbits, cattle and chickens on the grounds of King's House, as well as directed the care of the gardens during their official duties from 1991-2006.
Like her late husband, Lady Cooke was a teacher by profession.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said Lady Cooke was a gracious person whose social engagements and ease of manner enhanced the work of Sir Howard.
"Her love for, and work among, children distinguished her as a major contributor in the field of child development. Her role in national development through education, culture and agricultural initiatives will forever be an important part of the King's House legacy," Sir Patrick said in a statement.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness hailed Lady Cooke as an outstanding educator.
"Lady Cooke served the nation well. She was passionate about education, child development and guidance counselling," Holness said.
Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller tweeted: "Just heard that Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of Sir Howard Cooke, has passed. She is now reunited with the love of her life. Walk good, Miss Ivy."
Lady Cooke, born June 27, 1916, is survived by two sons - Justice Howard Fitz-Arthur Cooke, retired judge of the Court of Appeal; and Richard Washington McDermott Cooke, hotelier - and daughter, Audrey Faith Cooke, a consultant in international affairs.