Corinne Cooksey, 75, was called back to heaven on February 4,2022.
She will be sorely missed and is survived by her loving husband Lew Cooksey, Children: Shawn Marie (Cooksey) Gehred, Guy Cooksey and daughter-in-law Adrianne ; Grandchildren: Sarah, Michael, Jenny, Addie and Mason.
She was preceded in death by her true parents, Phillip and Irene Allen and brother, Dale Allen, and beloved pets King, Patty, Meow, Skipper, Holly, Kela, Axle, Blue, Belle, Bo, Chewy,and Charlie
Corinne started off life rough until at 14 she was adopted by her Aunt and Uncle who became her real parents. She joined the US Navy in 1966 as part of the hospital trained WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). She served active duty and as a reservist in the Navy for over 16 years. She met and married her husband ,Lew , while working in a Long Beach Military Hospital. They started their own family and had many adventures in life traveling from East Coast to West Coast USA and over to Hawaii and the Philippines.
After years of traveling the world, Corinne and Lew moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1993. Corinne was a medical assistant and worked with her husband in his medical practice. With all their travels Corinne had become a master cook in the kitchen at home, but one fateful summer she ended up helping a friend at the Silver Fox Steakhouse with catering. And Corinne changed careers and became a professional chef.
Corinne worked at Silver Fox for over 25 years ! The birth of the Bacon Knot started with Bernard Ambrosino, Carol Omerod and Corinne. Carol brought in recipes , Corinne picked Brown Sugar coated bacon ,tied in a bow tie knot and slow cooked in the oven, Bernard loved them! Now everyone in Casper is spoiled because of the Bacon Knot Queens- Corinne and Carol.
She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family Silver Fox Steakhouse that she was very proud of. Corinne was world-renowned for her lack of patience, not holding back her opinion and a knack for telling it like it is. She always told you the truth even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear.
You always knew where you stood with her. She liked you or she didn’t, it was black or white. We know she loved us! My mom had the biggest loving kind heart with a spine of steel. She would not hesitate to defend her family and protect them with all her might. And family for her was not just her kin but anyone she loved and who loved her. She “Adopted” so many people everywhere she lived and was invested in them doing their best and being their best. Because she really saw people she loved as their best.
People talk about the road less traveled and my mom really did walk her own path. I feel privileged to be witness to her journey. We all wanted another 30 or more years of adventures with Corinne. But I know she is still watching out for all of us. Her love still shines.
A private family “Celebration of Life” will be held, in lieu of a service, in the upcoming summer.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.