Muriel Cook Delaplane
November 28, 2005
Muriel Cook Delaplane, known as “Cookie,” died on Nov. 14 in a hospital in China. She was 83 years old.Cookie was born in Atlanta on Nov. 7, 1922. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, Columbia Bible College in South Carolina and Atlanta Law School in Georgia. She also studied art in Paris.Cookie lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., and Stuart, Fla., for approximately 50 years. She recently sold a 16 1/2-acre plot on the St. Lucie River in Stuart to Martin County, which made it into a game preserve.Cookie was an avid skier and spent winters in her home in Aspen. She became an internationally known portrait artist; her work hangs in many collections, including those of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and John Wayne. Her portrait of Alabama Gov. Fob James hangs in the rotunda of the state Capitol.She is survived by a sister, Beverly Ensign of Forsyth, Ga., and a brother, Dr. H. Robert Cook Jr. of San Diego.Memorial services will take place in Stuart, Fla., and Aspen at a future date.