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Bettie Anne (Cummings) Mullen Cook

October 30, 1932 — December 18, 2022

Visitation: Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2022 at the funeral home.

Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2022 at the Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Volkman Chapel, 2nd & Elm St., Elberfeld IN. 47613, (812) 983-4211.

Bettie Anne (Cummings) Mullen Cook, died on December 18, 2022, at 5:20 p.m. She was born October 30, 1932, Owensboro, Kentucky, the daughter of Logan E. and Anna Elizabeth (Jones) Cummings. Her husband, Michael L. Cook, pre-deceased her in 1988. She graduated from Owensboro Senior High School 1950, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee 1954 where she was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, an Honorary Dramatics Society, and completed graduate work at the University of Kentucky. A Kindergarten Director and teacher for twenty years in Owensboro and a member of the Kentucky Association of Kindergarten Teachers. She was active as a vocalist; played piano, organ, and cello; served as President of the Saturday Musicale, the Owensboro Chapter of the American Federation of Music Clubs, served on the Board of Directors of the Owensboro Choral Society; and was active in the First Baptist Church as a teacher, choir member, and director of the Junior and Cherub Choirs.

Following her marriage to Michael L. Cook, she moved to Evansville and in 1970 acquired a Certified Genealogist status from the Board of Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C. Upon retirement, the Board conferred on her the honor of Certified Genealogist Emeritus for a long and distinguished career in genealogical research. She was considered an authority by her peers on early Kentucky records and research and conducted workshops and lectures across the country. In 1976, she and her late husband, with the Director of Willard Library, organized the Tri-State Genealogical Society in which she served as President and other offices. She was a charter member of the Thomas Sprigg Sr. Chapter of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and a former member of the Vanderburgh Chapter of DAR. She was the compiler, along with her late husband, of thirty-six genealogical record books known as the Kentucky Record Series. Her articles appeared in national, state, and local genealogical quarterlies and journals. Her most recent book, Research in Kentucky, was published in 2012 by The National Genealogical Society, Washington D.C.

She is survived by a son, Paul K. Mullen (Jamie), two granddaughters, Kimberley Anne Ralston of Manhattan, Kansas, Katelyn Elisabeth Mullen of Evansville, two great grandsons, Lincoln Ray Ralston, of Manhattan, KS, Jett Watson Decker, of Evansville, and a great granddaughter, Reese Margaret Ralston of Manhattan, KS. A stepson, Michael A. Cook and his wife Lottie, two step-granddaughters, Andrea Leigh Halbig of Evansville, and Amanda Cook of Indianapolis. A nephew, Craig Marshall Cummings of Purvis, MS and a niece, Anne Elizabeth Cummings of Chesapeake, VA.

A Celebration of  Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2022 at the Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Volkman Chapel, 2nd & Elm St., Elberfeld IN. 47613, (812) 983-4211.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2022 at the funeral home.

Sympathy wishes may be made at www.titzerfamilyfuneralhomes.com 

Arrangements are in the care of Titzer Family Funeral Homes

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