Elayn Cook

July 29, 1950-April 11, 2021

Elayn Carol (McIntosh)

Cook (70) of Grand Forks

passed away peacefully of

natural causes April 11,

2021 at her home.

Elayn was born July 29,

1950 in Minot ND,

daughter of Kenneth and

Muriel (Olson) McIntosh.

Elayn spent her childhood

in Donnybrook ND gra-

duating from the local

High School in 1968.

After high school Elayn

attend the Minot College

of Business for two years,

graduating with her de-


On June 12, 1971, she

married the love of her

life Stephen David Cook

at St. Anthony’s church in

Donnybrook ND. Together

they had 3 children rais-

ing them in Minot, ND,

Prior Lake MN, back to

Minot, ND for a bit and fi-

nally settling in Grand

Forks, ND in 1989. It was

here that Elayn started her

career as a tax profession-al with H&R Block. She

worked preparing taxes

for many loyal clients for

15 years. After retiring

from H&R Block, Elayn

continued to use her vast

tax knowledge by

volunteering for the VITA

(Volunteer Income Tax

Assistance) organization.

For nearly 10 years help-

ing the elderly and per-

sons with disabilities file

their taxes.

Elayn was very pas-

sionate about helping oth-

ers not only thru her

volunteer tax work but by

fund raising for the local

chapter of the Alzheimer’s

Association. For the last

several years she raised

money with her team

“Cook Kids Warriors” and

took part in the Walk to

End Alzheimer’s event.

Elayn was also an animal

lover thru and thru. She

donated to many local

and out of state animals

rescues and was a strong

advocate for adoption of

shelter animals. During

the course of her life she

rescued several beagles

from all over the United

States giving them safe

and loving homes.

Of course Elayn’s big-

gest joy in life was her

family. She loved sewing

quilts for her kids and

grandkids that will be for-

ever treasured. She en-

joyed attending her

grandkids’ sporting and

musical events, and just

loved having everyone

over for a good family


Elayn is survived by

her loving husband,

Stephen Cook; and their

three children and seven

grandchildren. Stephanie

(Erik) Alston, grandchil-

dren Kenna, Nicholas,

and Ayla, Snoqualmie,

WA. Stephen (Karin)

Cook II and grandchildren

Matthew and Kaitlyn,

Thompson, ND. Dwayne

(Stephanie) Cook and

grandchildren Avery and

Delaney, Buxton, ND. She

is also survived by her sis-

ters, Jeanette (Lewis)

Gates, Minot, ND, and

Betty (Lowell) Myers, Car-

pio, ND, and many nieces

and nephews.

She was preceded in

death by her parents,

Kenneth and Muriel (Ol-

son) McIntosh and sister,

Sheila (McIntosh)


**In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be direct-ed to the Alzheimer’s As-

sociation or the Circle of

Friends Animal Shelter in

GF in her name.

Funeral Service: 2:00

p.m. on Monday, April 19,

at Amundson Funeral

Home in Grand Forks,

with visitation from 1-2

pm at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at a

later date.

An online guestbook is

available at www. amund-