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05/11/2023 02:16 PM

Ruth Frank Cook

Ruth Frank Cook, a.k.a. “Auntie Mom,” the woman, the myth, the legend, passed peacefully on April 29 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, three weeks short of her 101st birthday. An advocate until the end for social justice, equality, tolerance, and fairness, she lived her life with great compassion for those in need. Her house was always open to anyone seeking shelter (often for months or years), a meal, support, or just lively conversation and a Moscow mule. Her philanthropy was constant (and frequently anonymous), and her sense of humor was legendary. Her early years were spent working on civil rights and political campaigns. Her later years were filled with sending “Get Out the Vote” postcards to tens of thousands throughout the country.

Ever the survivor, she forged a new life after divorce and spent many happy years with her second husband. Traveling the country in their RV, Ruth and her husband, Meyer “Cookie,” left a trail of humor and goodwill everywhere they went. She was unsurpassed at winning at casino slot machines; to this day, her secrets to success remain a mystery.

She leaves behind four children: Dan (Debbie), Henry (Liz), Julia, and Carol (Larry); nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren, all of whom continue to cherish her memory.

The world is a better place for having had her in it, and while her legacy is one of joy and laughter, she will be deeply missed. Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Tri-State Maxed-Out Womens Pac (, Central Synagogue (, or The Center for Common Ground (