Ukiah native and longtime resident Lynde Cook marched for her hometown school band, served her country overseas in the National Guard, cherished her family and worked as an upbeat, go-to dispatcher for her co-workers at Ukiah CHP.
A recent celebration of her life included more than 100 people and a CHP honor guard.
Cook, 50, died Nov. 7, after years of battling lung cancer.
Family members and co-workers remembered Cook's deep love of her son, her kindness and her positive, gregarious personality.
"She was always smiling, a very happy, -#8216;smiley' person," said her mother, Lois Cook of Ukiah.
Lynde Cook spent the first 18 years of her life in Ukiah, growing up on Robinson Creek Ranch with her parents, Waldo and Lois Cook and four siblings.
Musical and athletic, she played baritone saxophone in the Ukiah High School band and highlights from her teen years included marching in the band as well as pitching for the school softball team.
Cook played for years in softball leagues in Sacramento and in Ukiah, including playing in multiple all-state championships, her mother said.
She attended Sacramento State University and then joined the National Guard. Cook served overseas during Operation Desert Storm and was in the guard for about five years.
Lynde Cook was a pound-puppy lover and had great travel memories of trips to Guatemala, South Africa and her service time in Saudi Arabia.