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Ardis Irene Viklund Cook December 20, 1936 - June 23, 2024

Ardis Irene Viklund Cook passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, June 23, 2024.
Ardis was born to Hans Oscar Viklund and Lucy Muhlestein Viklund on Dec. 20, 1936 in Marysville, California. After moving to Utah Valley, her father was killed in a Eureka mining accident. With the help of her uncle and aunt, Walt and Alice Muhlestein, Lucy reared eighteen-month-old Ardis and her older sisters Lucy May and Verna. She attended Provo schools and graduated from Provo High.
She married her lifelong sweetheart Robert (Bob) Cook in 1955, and together they reared five boys and finally a girl. They created homes in Grandview (Provo); in Carterville (Orem); Meridian, Idaho; and their dream log home in Woodland Hills, Utah. Bob passed away in 2003, and she has missed him every day. After his passing, she created a new home in Spanish Fork, designed to host large family gatherings, where they have gathered often. While her family kept her very busy, she did enjoy her associations in direct sales and in clerical work for ZCMI and for Dr. Leroy.
Ardis enjoyed being in the mountains. She loved their colors, breezes, sounds, smells, and opportunities to build family memories. Pinecones and branches decorate her fireplace mantle. More than one artistic rendering of quail are found in her home, reminding her of the animals that she enjoyed spotting during rides. She has always had little animal companions in her home – chipmunks, birds, cats, dogs, and generations of miniature poodles.
At home Ardie was an excellent cook – anything she threw into a pot came out delicious. She loved to quilt and sew. Mom’s patches would outlast the clothes. Her home is full of family treasures, displayed cleverly in cabinets, shadow boxes, and picture frames. The living room windows are lined with very large, healthy houseplants, and on the deck are many happy potted flowers.
As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ardis served in several capacities – most recently as a temple worker. In her later years she appreciated the local priest quorum members bringing the sacrament. Their service was very special to her. She was often comforted by priesthood blessings.
Most important to Ardis was her family. She spent many joyful visits together with her older sisters Lucy May and Verna, once they all moved back to Utah Valley. She looked forward to visits from children and their families. In the early years she was the force behind many fishing, hunting, and camping trips. Her lifelong commitment to motherhood lives on in the love between her children for each other, and continues with their families. Ardis’ grandchildren felt happiness and warmth when they came into her room for a visit. They knew that she loved them and cared about them. Her parting words were often, “be happy!” To her, we return another parting phrase: “I love you, my heart.”
Ardis is survived by her children: Don (Kim) Cook, Randy Cook, Steven Cook, Roger (Sharon) Cook, Russell Cook, and Irene Nelson; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Cook; her sisters, Verna Viklund Richards (Bill), and Lucy May Viklund Pugh (Kelly); and one grandson, Andrew Don Cook.

Visitation will take place Friday, June 28 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main, Spanish Fork. Funeral services Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. at Spanish Oaks Chapel located at 2981 East 1660 South, Spanish Fork.

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6-8pm Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main St.
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

9:30- 10:45 am Spanish Oaks Chapel
2981 East 1660 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Funeral Service
11:00 am Spanish Oaks Chapel
2981 East 1660 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, UT 84660


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    Mark Infanger says

    Both happy and sad. Im glad they get to be together after more than 20 years.

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    Lynette McCoy says

    Sympathy and condolences to you all. What a wonderful woman! May the Lord’s blessings be with you.

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