Mrs. Veronica LaRue Hicks Cooke, 73, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, following a period of declining health.
Veronica was born on January 16, 1949 in Randolph County, to the late Early Ray Hicks and Celia Mae Wright Hicks. She was a longtime member of Crosslink Church and was the former owner and operator of Lowman’s Florist in Rutherford College. Veronica was a faithful Christian wife, mother, Nana and great-Nana, who loved her church, her family, gardening, cooking, journaling in her bible, and laughing with her friends and family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Cooke, a brother, Stephen Dale Hicks, and the father of her children, Roger Smith.
Survivors include her son, Mark Smith and wife Carol of Connelly Springs, her daughter, Michelle Robinson and husband Jeff of Rutherford College, five grandchildren; Jarrett Robinson, Abby Chapman and husband Daniel, Kyle Smith and wife Miranda, Macy Smith and Carson Smith, and two great-grandchildren, Baylee and Hudson Chapman. Also surviving are three brothers: Horace Ray Hicks of Arizona, Bruce Daniel Hicks of Greensboro, and Aaron Bryan Hicks and wife Mary of Reidsville, and sister in-law, Angie Hicks of Georgia, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for Veronica will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at Crosslink Church, with Rev. Mark Smith and Rev. Joe Barrett officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Rutherford College, with Jeff Robinson, Jarrett Robinson, Daniel Chapman, Kyle Smith, Carson Smith and James Seagle serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. at Crosslink Church.
Memorials may be sent to Crosslink Church, P.O. Box 846, Rutherford College, NC 28671.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family of Veronica Cooke.