Ann Gridley Cook, 61, died Jan. 26, 2023, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Ann was a 1979 graduate of Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio, where she met the love of her life, Drew Cook. She was a champion-level swimmer and competed in the Nationals in Florida. Her relay team held a local record for many years. Ann graduated from The Ohio State University and she and Drew married. Drew's career took them to several cities before they settled in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where she was a substitute teacher for many years with the Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Ann adored her granddaughter Ellie and enjoyed playing tennis and paddle tennis. She was a longtime member of Indian Village Tennis Club in Detroit, where she competed and excelled. Ann and Drew even won the mixed doubles tournament a few years ago. She loved fishing at the Slagle Trout Club in northern Michigan and surf fishing with her family at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "Fish on, Fish on" was a favorite holler.
Ann is survived by her husband of 37 years, Andrew Cook; children, Daniel, Robin and William (Shannon); grandchildren Elliana and Roy; mother, Charis Gridley; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Carlo McGinnis; and mother-in-law, Judy Cook.
She was preceded in death by her father, Craig Gridley; nephew E. Craig McGinnis; sister Jane Gridley Cote; and father-in-law Orval Cook.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church, 1444 Maryland St., Grosse Pointe Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Detroit Zoological Society. To donate, go to detroitzoo.org/donate, or make checks payable to Detroit Zoological Society and mail to: Detroit Zoological Society c/o Tributes, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067.
There is no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. My family and I are praying that God will strengthen you all at this time. My daughters were students of hers at Sherrod Public School. Such a beautiful soul. May God Bless you All.
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