Doris Valene Simonsen Cook will celebrate her 80th birthday with family and friends at an open house in West Point on March 16.
Born March 10, 1933, to Nels LeRoy and Iva Lue Olsen Simonsen, she grew up in Brigham City, graduating from Box Elder High School and Weber College with an associate degree. She was involved in many activities, including as editor of the literary publication in college.
She married Jay H. Cook in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple and will celebrate their 58th anniversary Sept. 19. Their children and spouses are Mark Roy and Janet Cook, Robert and Nancie Clark, Chad Jay and Janette Cook, and Bryce Jay and Marlene Cook. She has 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Active in the LDS Church, she serves as ward Relief Society secretary. Some of her interests are hand work, reading, genealogy and oil painting for family and friends. She used to decorate wedding cakes. Active in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, she held the position of county president.
She enjoyed teaching and was a sought-after substitute teacher. She worked as an elementary librarian for 16 years. While reading, she gave each character his own voice. Her grandchildren still ask her to read to them.
After retiring in 1995, she and Jay served an LDS mission to New York. They have enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and gardening together. She also enjoys spending time with her brother and sister: Lee J. Simonsen and Iva Beth Tanner Wilcox.