Marian Cook

Oct. 27, 1993 – Sept. 9, 2021

Marian Jessica Cook,

27, McKinleyville, Calif.,

and Williston, died Thurs-

day, Sept. 9, 2021, at her

home, succumbing to

complications of an au-

toimmune encephalo-


She was born Oct. 27,

1993, in Landstuhl, Ger-

many, a daughter of

Timothy and Lois (Sim-

mons) Cook. She attend-

ed German preschool and

elementary school before

moving to Williston with

her parents, to be near her

father’s family in Mohall.

She graduated from

Williston High School and

went on to attend Mills

College, graduating with a

Bachelor’s Degree in

Economics in 2016. Mari-

an loved reading, photog-

raphy and music. She

was a gifted photographer.

She had an eye for light-

ing and was skilled with

Photoshop at an early age.

She developed an interest

in, and passion for, art

history during her college

years. She was compas-

sionate in her interactions

with the homeless, offer-

ing food and engaging in

conversation with a

respectful attitude. As

she became ill, she lost

many skills she valued

and worried that she

would not be able to be of


Family: Marian is sur-

vived by her father,

Timothy Ross Cook, COL

retired U.S. Army, Willis-

ton; and her mother, Lois

Freisleben-Cook, MD,

McKinleyville, Calif.; and

her sister Jennifer Paris,

Bismarck; and numerous

aunts, uncles and extend-

ed family.

Funeral: 11 a.m., Tues-

day, Sept. 21, 2021, at

Zion Lutheran Church,


Burial: Mohall Com-

munity Cemetery, Mohall.

Visitation: One hour

prior to the funeral ser-

vice, at the church.

Friends may also sign the

online guestbook at