Bonnie Kay Cook, 63, died Nov. 18, 2018, as the result of Air Ambulance crash. A joint celebration honoring all who perished was held Monday at the Bismarck Event Center.
Bonnie was born May 25, 1955, in Richardton, ND. She grew up on a rural farm by Killdeer. The oldest of 15 brother and sisters, she quickly became a second mom to her brothers and sisters, showing love and dedication for her family and her work.
Bonnie met and eventually married the love of her life, Perry, August of 1979. They resided in Killdeer until they moved to Bismarck so she could pursue a career in Nursing at the University of Mary.
In 1992, she became a registered nurse and worked at St. Alexius in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she excelled in serving the babies who needed a higher level of care. She joined the NICU transport team, began instructing S.T.A.B.L.E. class onsite and via telemedicine to local and rural nurses. She also was an active member of the Nursing Communications Ambassadors, serving on the shared governance committee.
Bonnie’s dedication at work was only elapsed by her love and devotion to her family. She enjoyed spending weekends and vacations visiting and playing with her eight grandchildren to cherishing every moment of life. Bonnie loved to do crafts and share recipes with all her friends and family. Her strength and determination were infectious, and she volunteered throughout the Bismarck area in numerous capacities.
Bonnie will be deeply missed by her husband of 39 years, Perry Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Jennifer Cook (Hannah, Lily, Ashlyn, Titus, Isaac, Faith); daughter, Pam Cook (Oliver Retzlaff); aunts and uncle, Katherine Alpert; Alice and Bjarne Frafjord; and 14 brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Viola and Erwin Biffert; parents-in-law, Gertie and Cecil Cook; and granddaughter; Ella Cook.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts that donations be made for the future purchase of Neonatal Transport Isolette. Bonnie’s passion and goal to equip nurses with the best equipment to increase the survival rate of neonates. Donations should be made out to the CHI foundation; mailed to C/O Perry Cook, 7009 Golden Crest Rd, Bismarck, ND 58503.
Go to www.bismarckfuneralhome.com to send messages of condolence or to share memories with the family.