June 6, 1914 ~ April 16, 2015
Elizabeth Cook Minor, 100, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend died peacefully in her home on April 16, 2015. She was born at home in Meriden on June 6, 1914 to the late Edna (Skidgell). and Arthur E, Cook . Elizabeth graduated form Edgewood Park Junior College and worked for an insurance company in Hartford. She married the late William F. Minor Jr. on Oct. 12, 1940 at the chapel at Yale University and were married for 40 years until his death in 1980. Elizabeth lived in Meriden for the majority of her life, relocating only once to New York City to support her husband who was called for service there during World War II. She was a celebrated matriarch centurion of Meriden. She received a card from the President of the United States on her 100th birthday and lived through 17 different U.S. presidents. June 7, 2014 was named Elizabeth Minor day in Meriden by the mayor and was also acknowledged by several other politicians. Elizabeth enjoyed visiting with friends, attending concerts, good food and spending time with her family, and was passionate about the ethical treatment of animals. The family would like to especially thank Regina Gogoe, her loving caregiver, and Vitas Hospice for their care, dedication and unwavering support. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Margery Cote (Earl) of Meriden, her granddaughter, Kathleen Gullage (Joseph) of Durham and her great-granddaughter, Kelly Jo Gullage of Durham. She was predeceased by her son, former Meriden Police officer William C. Minor. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11am at Beecher & Bennettt-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10-11am, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave, Meriden, CT 06450.