Obituary:Delores Genevieve (Picard Cook) Stalder
Delores Genevieve (Picard Cook) Stalder died Nov, 13, 2012, at Tonasket, Wash. She was 93 years old. She had been a resident of Tonasket for 53 years.
Delores was born Aug. 31, 1919, in Omak, Wash. to Stanley and Agnes (Potvin) Picard. It was there she attended school and welcomed four brothers and a sister into the family.
As a child, the family moved for three years to Tahola on the Quinault Reservation, where she acquired her love for the sounds and smell of the ocean. She made return trips to Tahola in 1987 and again in 2010. Upon returning to Omak, she worked as a young girl cleaning house and clinic for the doctor at the old agency in East Omak.
She met Donald “Glen” Cook at a neighbor’s home (that happened to be his uncle) and they were married in June of 1937. Two years later, minus one day, their first child was born, Stanley S. Cook. Two years later, he was joined by their first daughter, Glenda, and in 1951 another daughter, Loralie “Lori,” was added to the family.
Being raised and newly married during the Depression years, Delores could always “use it up and make do.” She was an excellent seamstress, making shirts, dresses, and coats for her entire family. She continued to sew for herself and family members, including several prom formals, and a couple wedding dresses, well into the 80’s. She loved any type of needlework and did them all. Her home was always adorned with doilies and embroidered scarves she had made.
After living in Loomis, Tonasket, Okanogan, Pateros, and Wenatchee, the family migrated to Seattle for employment for a period of years. Returning to Tonasket in 1959, they purchased Cook’s Cash Market and operated that and a small orchard until the 70’s.
In May of 1974, Delores married Bert Stalder. She worked as a cook’s helper at Romar’s restaurant and cooked for North Valley Hospital for 13 years, retiring at the age of 71.
Delores was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, and a devoted Jehovah’s Witness. She loved to travel, and took several trips around the country with her sisters from the hall and her children. She loved family gatherings and was always ready to go. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life, and she attended as many sporting events, rodeos and school concerts as she could manage. She enjoyed being the “matriarch” of the family, and kept close tabs on her siblings too.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert; an infant brother; her sister, Beverly Johnson; and her granddaughter, Linda Smith. She is survived by her son, Stan Cook of Malott; daughters, Glenda Smith of Tonasket and Lori Cook of Okanogan; stepdaughter, Birdie Nelson of Tonasket; and stepson, Monte Stalder of Omak; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Richard Picard of Spokane, Howard Picard of Brewster and Donald Picard of Omak; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loved and adored by her entire family, Delores never had a bad word to say about anyone and will sincerely be missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at noon, at the Tonasket Eagles. A luncheon for family and friends is to follow. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of your choice.
Bergh Funeral Service of Tonasket is in care of arrangements.