Carolyn Sue Cook Derris Obituary

Carolyn Sue Cook Derris peacefully passed from, this life on June 1, 2022, at Homewood Cottages in Mena. She was born October 2, 1943, in Mena, Arkansas to Vera Burnett Cook and Robert “Bob” Cook. She attended Mena Public Schools graduating in 1962. She also attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Arkansas completing her studies in 1968. She returned to Mena High School as an art teacher where she taught for 13 years. She later married Jim Derris and moved her home to Hot Springs, Arkansas where she worked for several years in advertising sales for KLAZ radio. Sue loved to cook, visit friends, and attend church. She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sue especially loved her family and her cats. She was a kind and caring soul and will be missed by those who knew her.

Sue is survived by her son Patrick McDaniel and wife Wendy and their children Colten and Courtney. She also leaves her sister Patricia Page of Mena, and brothers Guy and Michael Cook of Bakersfield, California. She also survived by her nephew Danny Thrailkill, Krystal Thrailkill, and children, Christopher, Spencer, and Travis, all of Mena. Special friends include Era Looney of Mena, and Marsha Langston Rhodes of Nashville, Arkansas.

Memorials to the Ouachita Humane Society are requested in lieu of flowers. The family extends a special thanks to the nursing staff at Homewood Cottages for their compassion and care.

Graveside services are June 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena.


6-1-22 4:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG