Jeanne J. Cook, 75, Dorchester social worker

October 26, 2003

Jeanne J. Cook, a longtime social worker in Dorchester County who once headed its social services department, died Tuesday of a heart attack while on vacation in Lima, Peru. The Cambridge resident was 75.

Jeanne Jaworski was born and raised in Baltimore. She began working as a social worker for the Dorchester County Department of Social Services in 1963. Then in 1976, she became director of the department. She retired in 1994.

After she retired, Mrs. Cook coordinated the county's Representative Payee Program, which helped residents budget their finances and pay their bills.

She was an avid traveler whose destinations included China, Australia and New Zealand.

Mrs. Cook was a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington and the College of Notre Dame. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 1966.

She was married for 48 years to H. Brinsfield "Breezie" Cook, who died in 2000.

Mrs. Cook was a communicant of St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Catholic Church in Cambridge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday.

She is survived by three daughters, Karyn C. Gill and Diane B. Cook, both of Washington, D.C., and Pamela C. Stearman, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

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