XP Memorials


normageneNormagene ‘Gene’ Cook 
(April 9, 1929 – February 4, 2011) 

Council Grove, KS –Normagene ‘Gene’ Cook, age 81, died Friday, February 4, 2011 at her home in Council Grove, Kansas. She was born April 9, 1929 in Coats, KS the daughter of Melvin Charles and Cora Gertrude (Luce) Cozens. On July 24, 1949 she married Harold D. Cook in Coats, KS, he preceded her in death on August 2, 2000.

Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pratt, the 50/50 Sunday School Class, Jr. Mother’s Club, ladies bowling organizations, Green Valley Ladies Golf and Saratoga Community Club.

She is survived by two daughters: Marsha Ioerger of Manhattan, KS and Melanie & husband Rob Madden of Council Grove, KS, two sisters: Mildred Eubank and Martha Norris both of Coats, KS and four grandchildren: Tracy and Carl Purser of Norman, OK, Kyle and Sarah Madden of El Dorado, KS, Katie and Thad Davidson of Emporia, KS and Abby Heraud of France and four great grandchildren, one of whom has XP. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Cook.

Friends may sign the register book Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. Memorial service will be Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt with Chaplain Ron Moser presiding. Inurnment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt, KS.

Memorials may be made to XP Family Support Group (Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare genetic disease where a person’s DNA lacks the ability to repair damage from ultraviolet light) in care of the mortuary. Friends may leave condolences for the family at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

HARRIS, Anne S. (Speelman) Of Winchester, January 7, 2011, Age 84. Wife of the late George B. Harris, Jr. Devoted mother of Andrew J. Harris and his wife Laura of Washington, DC, Amy L. Harris of Wilton, CT, Susan E. Crain and her husband Bill of Manhattan Beach, CA, and William P. Harris and his wife Kathleen of Arlington. Cherished Grandmother of Amanda, Meghan, Conor, Joseph, George, Edward, William P. Jr., Edward (Mac) M., Anne E., and Emma Crain. Funeral from the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rte 38) WINCHESTER on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9 A.M., followed By A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge St. Winchester at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 12th from 4-8 P.M. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. At the families request in Lieu of flowers Donation’s may be made in Anne’s memory to: XP Family support Group 8495 Folsom Blvd. Suite #1 Sacramento, CA 95826 www.xpfamilysupport.org/ 

Anne Harris was an active support of the XP Family Support Group. Her darling granddaughter Emma has XP. 

The XP Family Support Group mourns the loss of Anton (Tony) Jakovac, beloved Uncle to an XP child and supporter of the XP Family Support Group.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Jerry Milota, 75, died Jan. 12, 2010. Jerry, a grandfather to an XP child, has been a great supporter of the XP Family Support Group. His great loves were his family, friends, and RV, and especially traveling with his wife, Sandy, and spending time with his family and friends. 

SPRUCE PINE , ALABAMA — Kevin Charles Swinney, 35, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. Kevin, who was diagnosed at a very young age with XP, lived life fully.

EL SALVADOR — Lenis Alvarenga, 19, died in the early hours of Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2010. Lenis had struggled valiantly against XP and the cancer she eventually succombed to, coming to the US seeking the best medical care. When the system here wouldn’t work for Lenis, the XP Family Support Group arranged for her return to El Salvador and sent a medical team to her home city to perform surgery.

Latoya Braxton passed away on October 15, 2009. Latoya always had a smile on her face. She had just celebrated her 24th birthday. Her mother Alisha and sister Tiffany survive her.

Jill Suzanne Smith, 44, passed away July 29, 2009, at home in West Virginia. Jill’s loving, sweet, and kind nature will be missed and long remembered, especially by those at the Special Needs Adult Program at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in St. Albans.

Leanndra Dawn Nez died June 6, 2009, in New Mexico. Leanndra was an 8th grader who loved to travel, socialize, listen to music and collect monkeys. She was preceded in death by her brother, Darnell A. Nez who also had XP.

On February 17, 2008, Merve Uluyardimci succumbed to a bacterial infection a week after being rushed to the hospital with blood poisoning. Merve and Ferhat Sömnez had been married exactly 11 months and lived in Germany. Merve is remembered as an amazing young woman, full of life. She took ill during the time many were gathered at Owl Patrol in England. She died at the age of 23.

We will miss them and keep their families close in our hearts!