Steven was born on February 28, 1954 to Stanley Edward and Nadine (McAtee) Cook at their home near Rosston, Oklahoma. Steven attended school in Rosston, later graduating from Laverne High School. He also attended college in Alva, OK.
Steven worked as a computer programmer for 10 years in Oklahoma City. He returned home to the farm near Rosston, where he served on the Rosston Fire Dept for 15 years.
Steven lived a quiet, simple life and had a passion for helping others. Even in the end, when faced with the difficult news of the progression of his cancer, he said: “If God needs me to continue to help others then I can endure this.” This is just a glimpse of how strong his love was for the Lord.
Steve also spent over 11 years involved in, and eventually leading, ‘AA’ Meetings locally. During that time he made lifelong friends and inspired many. He knew how hard the struggles of addiction could be, but also how possible it was to overcome them. His work through AA helped so many people. However, he always gave all the glory to God.
Before he passed, he was able to celebrate 25 years of sobriety, which was a huge accomplishment.
Another thing we will always remember is Steven’s love for gardening. He would open the house windows and play gospel music while working outside in his garden. He also enjoyed being involved in the local farmer’s market, collecting antiques and attending many old car and tractor shows. His mind was an encyclopedia of local history. He had such great knowledge of the pioneer days, former towns, schools and family history.
He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Nadine (McAtee) Cook, half-brother Daryl McGonigle, Grandparents Earl and Mona McAtee, and Adam and Gertie Cook.
He was survived by his sister Wanda Adams of Canadian, TX and sister Jeannette Woods of Lubbock, Tx.