Obituary of Nadine J. (Cooke) Whitten

NADINE J. (COOKE) WHITTEN - in Woburn, Tuesday,January 31st,at fifty three years of age. Loving daughter of Joanne (Cook) Cooke of New Hampshire. Beloved wife of Robinson Sawyer Whitten II. Dedicated and loving mother of Marissa A. Shannon, her husband Timothy of Tewksbury, Robinson S. Whitten III and Phillip J. Whitten, both of Woburn. Devoted sister of Chester Cooke of Beverly, Debbie Campana of Hamilton, Mark Cooke of Amesbury, Becky Bonnell of Salem, NH, Raymond Cooke of Lynn, Joanne Barbarito of NH. Special “Gammy” of Benjamin Sawyer Shannon. Exceptional daughter in law of Virginia D. Whitten of FL, the late Charles R. Whitten, and sister in law of David Whitten of NH, Steven Whitten of Woburn, and Walter Whitten of FL. Also survived by many, many, loving nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 13th, from 4-7 P.M. Followed by a Memorial service at 7 P.M., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn. Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Nadine's memory to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts, One Bulfinch Place- 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

OBITUARY:

Nadine J. (Cooke) Whitten passed away at her home Tuesday, January31st, with her beloved husband and children, right at her side. The loving wife of Robinson “Rob” S. Whitten II, she was fifty three years of age.

The beloved daughter of Joanne (Cook) Cooke of New Hampshire, she was raised and educated in Salem, graduating with the Class of 1982. Nadine continued on with her education at Middlesex Jr. College.

In the mid eighties Nadine was the made of honor for her best friend and a gentle man named Rob Whitten was the best man for his best friend, the groom! Well in June of 1988 there was a reversal of roles; Nadine and Rob were the bride and groom and their best friends were their matron of honor and best man! They have journeyed together for over thirty years, bringing into the world three wonderful children to whom they have been forever devoted.

They nestled in at the top of Skyview Lane where they made their home and from there was developed a very strong foundation of love and family. Nadine had always remained a “child at heart” and she was continuously treating the children to all sorts of new adventures throughout the years.

Travelling to their lake home in Maine, was an every weekend happening. Whether it was to swim, boat, ski or snowmobile they did it all and always together! Getting up early, early to watch for birds on the lake or see all the different animals in the meadows would be followed by a wonderful breakfast where they would have mega conversations about that particular happening. Often times they would be joined by other family members, which always added to the festivities! Throughout her lifetime she shared a very special relationship with her mother who always remained a significant part of her family life. She also shared a special bond with her mother and father-in-law. When it came to cooking Nadine was amazing. She could take anything left in the fridge and turn it into an absolutely delightful, mouthwatering meal and when she had all the ingredients needed for a meal, it was truly a feast.

As the children grew they had many different destinations. Whether they were studying abroad in Australia or living in Utah they were all a short ride and Mom and Dad would venture off to visit for a couple weeks at a time. Again, it was always about family. As a grandmother to her wonderful grandson, she was called “Gammy”, which brought a smile from ear to ear! She loved spending time with him and always had a special bowl of m&m’s, just for Benjamin.

Nadine’s attitude throughout life and her brief illness, was always positive and uplifting . Never ever complaining and always focusing on the positive and what it was she was to do next!

Nadine loved her family and loved life!. Her life was all about being the best possible person she could possibly be. This was achieved effortlessly for Nadine throughout her life, as a daughter, wife, mother, sister, daughter in law and friend. She was so loved by all.

Nadine was the loving daughter of Joanne (Cook) Cooke of New Hampshire, beloved wife of Robinson "Rob" Sawyer Whitten II, the very dedicated and loving mother of Marissa A. Shannon, her husband Timothy of Tewksbury, Robinson S. Whitten III and Phillip J. Whitten, both of Woburn. Devoted sister of Chester Cooke of Beverly, Debbie Campana of Hamilton, Mark Cooke of Amesbury, Becky Bonnell of Salem, NH, Raymond Cooke of Lynn, Joanne Barbarito of NH. Special “Gammy” of Benjamin Sawyer Shannon. Exceptional daughter in law of Virginia D. Whitten of FL, the late Charles R. Whitten, and sister in law of David Whitten of NH, Steven Whitten of Woburn, and Walter Whitten of FL. Also survived by many, many, loving nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 13th, from 4-7 P.M. Followed by a Memorial service at 7 P.M., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St. Woburn. Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Nadine's memory to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts, One Bulfinch Place- 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.