The Reverend Wanda E. (Kellems) Cook
June 15, 1950 – November 28, 2016
The Reverend Wanda E. (Kellems) Cook, age 66, of Newark, DE, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016.
Born in Baltimore, MD on June 15, 1950, she was the daughter of the late James Robert and Wanda (Toney) Kellems. A woman of strong faith, Pastor Cook served as a lay minister at Cedars United Methodist Church in Wilmington and later served concurrently as Pastor at both Christiana United Methodist Church and its sister church, Union United Methodist Church in Bear. In 2010, she was appointed Head Pastor of Christiana United Methodist Church, where she has faithfully served her congregation ever since.
Pastor Cook adored music of all kinds, but was especially fond of southern gospel and country. She was a gifted songstress and was the lead singer of the group “Justified.” In her leisure time, Pastor Cook enjoyed crafting and was a talented seamstress. She will be lovingly remembered for her devotion to her faith, family and community.
In addition to her parents, Pastor Cook was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Lynn Dickson. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Walter Cook of Newark; step sons, William H. Cook, Rondal D. Cook and Charles J. Cook; sister-in-Law, Sara Blevin; grandson, Joseph H. Dickson III; and step granddaughters, Victoria and Nicole Cook.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday evening, December 2, 2016 at the Christiana United Methodist Church, 21 W. Main St., Christiana, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm. A second visitation will be held from 9:00 am until 10:00 am on Saturday morning, December 3, 2016 at the church. A graveside service and interment will follow at 11:30 am on Saturday morning in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christiana U.M.C., 21 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19702.