Elizabeth Cook "Cookie" Cason
Cason, Elizabeth Cook Feb. 19, 1919 - Feb. 15, 2011
Published in Herald Tribune from February 18 to February 19, 2011
Elizabeth "Cookie" Cook Cason died Feb. 15 of complications from pneumonia. She
was born on Feb. 19, 1919 in Ohio to parents Chauncey E. and Rella Morris Cook.
She is survived by her sons Steven Cook Bassett and his wife Sherry and their daughter
Erin, all of Plantation, Fla., and David Hays Bassett and his wife Doris, their two children,
Mallory Bassett Ciccotelli and husband Matt, of Houston, Texas, and Hays Edwards
Bassett and wife Paris, as well as two great-grandsons Jacob Sainson, and Ayden
Cookie, as she was affectionately known all her life by her friends, grew up in the
nomadic life of a career military family, living in numerous postings including Front Royal,
Va., Panama Canal Zone, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and Washington, D.C. where she
graduated from Western High School (1937). Cookie graduated from The College of
William and Mary in 1940.
She married Lt. James Albert Bassett, the father of her two sons in December, 1940 and
began the life of an Army wife, living in Ft. Benning, Ga., Pinehurst, N.C., Alexandria, Va.,
Leavenworth, Kansas, Carlyle Barracks, Pa., Okinawa, and Ft. Bragg, N.C. In 1954,
Cookie was widowed when her husband was killed in active duty. Cookie and her two
sons moved to Bradenton, Fla. shortly thereafter to be with her parents who had retired
to the area.
She spent the next 20 years raising her two sons, then caring for her elderly mother, all
the while working at Griffith Cline Funeral Home, maintaining an active membership in
Christ Episcopal Church, and serving her community through Entre Nous club.
In 1975, she rekindled a college romance when Captain Arthur Caldwell "Casey" Cason
invited her to their 35th reunion. They married a year later in Bruton Parrish Chapel in
Colonial Williamsburg. They enjoyed 29 years together, living most of that time in
Cookie was a volunteer at Selby Gardens where she pursued her passion of caring for
and propagating orchids. She and Casey were very active in the Orchid Society, and
she dazzled her friends with a collection of hundreds of orchids around her home.
Cookie is also survived by her stepchildren Jim and Carmen Cason, Bill and Chris
Cason, Linda and Tim Gadell, Nancy and Doug Eckerd, and Susan Cason, along with
eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. today at Griffith Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel,
followed by the service there and graveside at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, or The Selby