Alma J. Jo Cook, 68, of Newcomerstown, formerly of Cambridge, passed away late Tuesday night, Jan. 10, 2012, in Union Hospital, Dover, following a lengthy courageous struggle with cancer.

Jo was born in Cambridge on July 17, 1943, a daughter of the late Melvin E. Charleston and the late Charlene M. Moore Charleston.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Edith Smithberger Charleston.

Jo was a graduate of Terry Parker High School, Jacksonville, Fla., and took courses at the St. Josephs Convent, also of Jacksonville. She received her license in practical nursing (LPN) from the Mideast Ohio Vocational School District, Cambridge. She was employed as a nurse with the Southeastern Med, Cambridge, for over 25 years before her retirement in 1998.

Jo was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown.

With the church, she was a member of the choir and the Mary Magdalene Circle. She also helped to start the Cancer Support Group at the church.

Jo also served as a volunteer with Journeys End Ministries, Newcomerstown.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, working on word puzzles, making ceramic crafts, and reading.

In addition to her parents and stepmother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Charleston, Jacksonville, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, Dana B. Jones, Newcomerstown.

Jo is survived by her husband, Walter L. Walt Cook, Newcomerstown, whom she married June 9, 1990.

Also surviving are her sister, Carolyn Jean Jones, Newcomerstown; her brother, Melvin (Kathy) Charleston, Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie J. Charleston of Jacksonville, and Marie (Dave) Marlatt of Cambridge; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and her faithful companion, her Jack Russell terrier, Pookie.

To honor her requests, no public visiting hours will be observed.

Public graveside services and burial was Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Plainfield Cemetery, Linton Township, Coshocton County.

The Rev. Larry S. Hukill, senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, conducted the services.

The family would like to extend its sincerest thanks to all of Jos friends and caregivers who were of great help for the past several months.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Jos name to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Envelopes will be available at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, which is assisting the family with all arrangements.