Arleen L. Cook, an accomplished painter and decorator, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Lorien Assisted Living in Bel Air. The former longtime Towson resident was 94.
The former Arleen Lester, daughter of Harold Lester, a New York City civil engineer, and his wife, Tacie Lester, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood.
She graduated fromFort Hamilton High School and later attended on a scholarship Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, majoring in art.
In 1948, she married Walter Cook, a salesman, and the couple later moved to Loch Raven Village. He died in 1965.
Mrs. Cook enjoyed painting landscape in oils. She was also an accomplished decorator, seamstress, gardener and cook who was especially fond of creating miniature shadow boxes that featured detailed houses and furniture from the Colonial era.