Mary Ellen Cook
5/26/1949 – 3/22/2021

Mary Ellen was a kind, compassionate, and loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Survived by her mother, Gerd Murphy; sister, Susan Murphy; brothers John David Murphy(Kris) and Stephen Murphy(Linda, Andrew, Ben, Sonya); mother-in-law, Jo Ann Cook; and daughter Jennifer Cook. Preceded in death by her husband, H. Duane Cook.

Mary Ellen attended Notre Dame de Sion and the University of Kansas. She later went on to complete her medical records training and found her calling in Cancer Registry. She worked at Research Medical Center for over 35 years, then retired after approximately 12 years at St. Joseph Medical Center. During her career, she worked in Cancer Registry, data collection and research for Health Midwest and the Cancer Institute, helped coordinate and lead cancer conferences and the cancer committee, and worked with the doctors to put together the annual reports, all in the name of the fight against cancer.

Above all else, Mary Ellen had a positive impact on the lives of so very many. Far more people and in greater depth than she probably realized.

A Celebration of Mary Ellen’s life will take place on June 19th from 11:30-1:30 at Signature Funerals, 406 E. Bannister Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131.  Out of respect for elderly family members please be mindful of Covid-19 safety protocol.  If you would like more information about the celebration of life, please email with your name and preferred form of contact.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations towards
Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO. 64145
The kindness and assistance in easing Mary Ellen into a peaceful transition was incredible and the family thanks them very much.

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