Colleen Cook McElhaney Walker, was born October 20, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, and passed away August 9, 2022 in Daphne, Alabama, after a long journey with Dementia.
Colleen is predeceased by her parents, E.C. and Roberta Cook, and her beloved sister, Ardis Cook Dees.
Colleen is survived by her beloved little sister, Bonnie Cook Beviacqua; her daughter, Jennifer McElhaney Husack and her husband, David; her favorite granddaughter, Sarah Lynne Threadgill and her husband, Karl; and their son, John Threadgill. Colleen was blessed with a host of nieces and nephews who brought much joy, love, and fun to her life.; as well as many lifetime friends that she so treasured.
Colleen was a true Southern Belle. She always dressed in great style and was always a perfect hostess. She graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile and grew up attending Dauphin Way Baptist Church. Her marriage to an airline pilot instilled a passion for travel all over the world. She loved flying so much, that she got her own private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying with her husband and daughter back and forth from Atlanta to Mobile. At one point she even owned her own Cessna Aircraft! Colleen was a resolute volunteer for 15 years with the Red Cross, and as a school tour guide at the Atlanta Airport with the Eastern Airlines Pilots Wives Club, and also at her daughter’s high school. She was an avid snow skier, sailor and loved a good Mardi Gras Ball!
Colleen managed Aubrey’s Women’s Boutique in Sandy Springs, Georgia for several years. She then embarked on a new 20-year career in the fragrance industry. Working as a representative for Bijan, Versace, Annick Goutal, and lastly Bulgari, she always smelled marvelous!
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road in Daphne, Alabama, at 2:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM. Jennifer and David Husack will host a repast following the service at their Fairhope home.
Additionally, there will be a Celebration of Life on September 11, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Colleen’s beloved River Place home in Marietta, Georgia, to share memories with her Atlanta neighbors, friends, and former work associates.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to Colleen’s favorite charity, The March of Dimes, at https://www.marchofdimes.org/giving/ways-to-give.aspx
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.