Eileen M. Cooke, 85, a retired Amherst teacher who was known for teaching several generations of first-graders at Smallwood Drive school how to read and write, died Sunday (Sept. 28, 1997) in Sisters Hospital after a short illness.
Miss Cooke, who taught in the suburban school system for 38 years, was a native of South Buffalo, where she attended South Park High School. She continued to live there after her retirement.
She earned her teaching credentials at Buffalo State College and began her teaching career in Amherst at Harlem Road Elementary School. When Smallwood opened its doors in 1953, Miss Cooke became a first-grade teacher there, eventually teaching the children of some of her earliest pupils.
Miss Cooke was a member of the Amherst Education Association and the Amherst Retired Teachers Association.
Services were held today in Christadelphian Ecclesia Church, 23 Glendhu Place in South Buffalo. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Hamburg.