Ruth Cooke Driver

Ruth Cooke Driver

August 18, 1922 – February 1, 2020

Wendell – Edna Ruth Cooke Driver, 97, died Saturday.  She was born in Johnston County to the late Ernest Talmadge & Iona Hawkins Moody Cooke.  She loved gardening & flowers as well as sewing and being a truly gifted quilter.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, J. Howard Driver, son, Steve Driver, & several siblings.

Funeral 2 pm, Tuesday, Baptist Tabernacle Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Driver (Doris) of Wendell, Dwayne Driver (Susan) of Kenly, NC, Elaine Holmquist (Donnie) of Knightdale, sister, Ernestine “Teeny” Woodell of Hertford, grandchildren, Wendy Jeffreys (Danny), Charlotte Thurner (Nick), Jason Driver, Steven Holmquist (Kim), Neal Driver (Aaron), Todd Holmquist (Kathy) & 7 great grandchildren.

Flowers welcomed, or memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Visitation 6-7:30 pm, Monday, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell & other times at Elaine’s home.


  • Ricky narron Posted February 2, 2020 3:58 pm

    Elaine and Kenneth. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ricky & Pat Narron

  • Mary and Gregg Davis Posted February 2, 2020 4:16 pm

    I’m so very sadden to hear of the passing of our Dear Aunt Ruth. Elaine, Kenneth & Dwayne, Gregg and I send our heart felt condolences to you and your families and pray your hearts heal quickly.

  • Carolyn and Doug Vaughan Posted February 3, 2020 8:53 am

    I was so lucky to have Mrs Ruth Driver as a neighbor, I loved her like she was my mother and she had so much love in her heart. She will be miss by everybody that knew her. She is now walking the street of gold and no more pain. I know she is in heaven with her husband and son, enjoying their lives again. She will be missed, but knowing she is in a better place will help us get a long with out her.

  • Linda Batten Burgess Posted February 3, 2020 6:18 pm

    Mrs. Ruth was a lovely & wonderful lady. . She will be missed by all that knew her. My condolences & love to all of you.

  • Carlyle Hall Jr. Posted February 4, 2020 5:47 pm

    Mrs. Ruth, as we called her, was a wonderful neighbor and faithful supporter of her church. I’ll always remember how she loved to care for her yard.

  • Linda Batten burgess Posted February 5, 2020 12:46 pm

    Miss Ruth was a remarkable woman! My sincere sympathy to all of you. Love, Linda

  • Zelma and Shannon Scott Posted February 5, 2020 1:43 pm

    Elaine and family; I recognized your Mom’s photo immediately, even though our relationship was many years ago. I remember well, her faithfulness attending all those CHHS basketball games. She was blessed with many years and God is faithful with His promises too. Praying for you in you loss, but heaven’s gain.
    Zelma & Shannon Scott

  • Betty Harris Posted February 8, 2020 12:07 pm

    Ms Ruth was a remarkable woman. Strong willed and devoted to her church and community. She was a special lady to all that knew her. My condolences to all the family, Betty Harris

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