In Memory

Barbara Rook


ALTON — Barbara J. Rook, 86, died at 9:41 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at her home in Alton.

Born Dec. 16, 1931, in Alton, she was the daughter of Alvyn "Bud" and Mildred (McCombs) Arnold.

Mrs. Rook was a secretary for Wil-Fred's Construction Company, and was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Alton. She had been a fashion model for Vogue, Famous and Barr, Stix Baer & Fuller, Gas Light Square Events, and the Landsberg Officer's Club. Barbara served on the board of the American Red Cross. She was a chairperson on the advisory board for the Salvation Army, Alton Army location, and was Vice President/Treasurer of Hanover Associates, Inc.

On Feb. 2, 1952, she married Richard E. Rook in Alton. He survives.

Also surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Dennis Martin of Byrnes Mill, Missouri, a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Angie Rook of Rosewood Heights, three grandchildren, Richard Moran (Angie), Jennifer Whalen (John), and Rebecca Johnson (Travis), seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Visitation was from 1 until time of memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. Reverend David Crowley officiated. Burial was at Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society or OSF St. Anthony's Hospice.