Jamie Renae Kok, 47, Plaza, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in her home after her six-year journey with breast cancer.
Jamie was born on Sept. 21, 1964, in a Minot hospital, the eldest of three children, to James and Edna (Sailor) Edwards. Jamie spent most of her life living in Plaza. She participated in many activities during high school basketball, cheerleading, track, band, choir, dance team, pep club, Luther League, FHA and 4-H. She attended Dickinson and Williston State colleges. She later attended Minot State University to pursue her passion for information technology. She spent a year in Denver but came back to Plaza to marry the love of her life, Jim Kok. Together they built their farm and raised their son, Costas. Jamie spent her whole career working in the banking industry. She loved completing home mortgages for families to enjoy their new homes.
Jamie dedicated her life to helping others and the community. She actively participated in United Way to help families in need. She coordinated the Angel Tree event during the Christmas season at her workplaces. Jamie did volunteer work and fundraising for various foundations in honor of her cousins, Ricky and Tommy. She could be found delivering food for Meals on Wheels and donating her time to numerous nonprofit organizations. Jamie was always committed to assisting the churches and the city of Plaza. She poured her heart and soul into Plaza's 100-year celebration.
Jamie will be fondly remembered for her love of her family and friends. She especially enjoyed being a mother to her son, Costas, and followed his activities closely. She touched so many lives with her generous gift of giving her time. She used her keen sense of humor to ensure everyone had a good time. Jamie absolutely loved the holidays, especially Christmas and Easter. She went out of her way to make each one special. She always felt blessed to have such great family and friends that she made it her commitment to "Pay it Forward."
Left with wonderful memories of Jamie are: her husband, James Kok, and son, Costas Kok, both of Plaza; father, James Edwards (Susan) of Plaza; mother, Edna Sailor, of Minot; sister, Cheri Giesen (Gene) and their children Dominique and Desiree, of Bismarck; brother, Robbie Edwards (Stephanie) and their children Dylan and Jersey, of Minot; stepbrothers, Jason Yoder and his daughter Isabella, of Bismarck, and Carey Yoder and his children Kayne, BreeAnn and Christopher, of Bismarck; aunts, Clara Sailor, of Niceville, Fla., Carol Bomstad (Larry Schultz) of Arnegard, Teresa Elton (Craig) of Parshall and Lynette Sailor, of Landa; uncles, Olaf Edwards (Penny) of Plaza, Roger Sailor (Karen) of Littleton, Colo. and Richard Sailor, of San Diego; cousins, Ronnie Edwards (Gretchen) and Michael Edwards, both of Plaza, Sean Sailor (Amanda) and Chad Sailor, both of Minot, Myca Penton (Lincoln) of Littleton, Cindy Sailor, of Aurora, Colo., Michelle Singley (Wayne) and Nicole Peterson (LeRoy) both of Brighton, Colo., Steven Martini, of Niceville, James Lockhart (Kim) of Kenmare, Steven Lockhart, of Arnegard, Scot Sailor (Andrea Swenson) of Minot, Jessica Jorgenson (Claude Olson) of Parshall; 38 second cousins; mother-in-law, Mildred "Millie" Kok, of Minot; sisters in-law, Susan Rood (Ken) of Bismarck, Connie Rood (Dale) of Parshall, Becky Rortvedt (Eldon) of Minot, Debra Deutsch (Dennis) of Plaza; brother-in-law, Mike Kok (Brenda) of Plaza; and 30 nieces and nephews.
Jamie was greeted in heaven by her grandparents, William "Bill" and Gladys Edwards, and Russell and Florence Sailor; uncles, Russell "Rusty" Sailor and Patrick Sailor; cousins, Ricky and Tommy Jorgenson; father-in-law, Albert Kok; and mother-in-law's mother, Jean Parsley.
The family would like to extend a warm thank you to Judy Skaar, hospice nurse, for her loving care and attention.
Funeral: Monday, July 30, at 11 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Plaza.
Visitation: Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Monday, from 9 a.m. to service time, in the church.
Interment: Will be in the North Plaza Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)