Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Amanda Renee (Morgan) Cooke

Amanda Renee (Morgan) Cooke, age 39, of Columbus, died on Sunday, April 26, 2020 of unexpected natural causes.

Amanda was born on September 17, 1980 in Ravenna, Ohio. She was a 1998 graduate of Rootstown High School. Amanda furthered her education at Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University, and IUPUI before becoming a professional homemaker. She excelled in raising her family and being an excellent wife. Amanda was a part of various groups which supported parents and children. She consistently fought for and aided in her children’s successes. Her Christian faith was especially important to her and she now peacefully rests in the arms of her Lord and Savior.

Running was something that encompassed Amanda’s life. Her accomplishments in running were many as she easily logged more than 3,000 miles annually. She was an avid marathon runner, completing well over 25, and had participated in various 100k trail runs. A proud accomplishment of Amanda’s was the completion of a 100-mile run, which took place on Route 66 beginning in Oklahoma, and took nearly 24 hours to complete. Quite literally, more people have been to outer space than have completed this amazing feat that Amanda achieved. However, to Amanda, running was much more than the act. Her participation in more 5k and 10k races than you could count nearly always supported a worthy cause. As a certified trainer, Amanda not only trained and encouraged in the sport of running, but also in their personal lives and accomplishments. All these triumphs in the world of running are representations of what made Amanda not only a successful runner, but more importantly, an outstanding wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

On October 24, 2012, she married Justin Lane Cooke and he survives. Also surviving are 6 children: Jacob Raynor, Liam Raynor, Natalie Raynor, Rex Cooke, Norah Cooke, and Graham Cooke all at home; parents: Bill and Margaret Morgan of Rootstown; mother-in-law: Karen (Wetz) Cooke of Ashland; 10 siblings: Lisa (Tommy) Dozier, Josh Bentley, Josh (Tina) Morgan, Rachel (Glen) Hillegas, Melinda (John) Wooten, Katie (Dan) Knapp, Emily Morgan, Hannah Morgan, Naomi Morgan, and William Thomas Morgan, III; sister-in-law: Kristin (B.J.) Kerr; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Mary Strickling and Bill and Joan Morgan; and her father-in-law: Rick Cooke.

Both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without lingering. Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. In strict observance of the COVID-19 guidelines, the funeral home and family ask that friends adhere to the following visitation schedule:  using the first letter of your last name, those guests whose last name begins with the letters A through H will be welcome between the hours of 1 to 3 pm; I through P from 3 to 5 pm; Q thru Z from 5 to 7  pm. The funeral home staff will monitor the number of guests inside the funeral home throughout the visitation. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:30 am at Penwell Turner Funeral Home with Rev. D. Josh Arrington, her uncle, officiating. Burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery.

Nothing meant more to Amanda than her precious family. We ask that memorial contributions be made to Justin Cooke for a future college fund for their children. Contributions may be mailed to or left in care of the funeral home.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Amanda’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Sarkel says:

    Justin please know you and the children are in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. We are here anytime if you need anything. Love, Pat and Lisa Sarkel

  2. Lamont/Ramos Family says:

    You and all the children are in our thoughts and prayers. We are shocked and so very sorry for this tremendous loss to your family. We pray that you all find comfort and peace with the love and support that will continue to pour in for you all.

  3. Mary Morris says:

    Justin and family. I am so sorry to hear this news about Amanda. I was lucky to know Amanda . We worked together at, The Home Depot.
    15+ years later, we continued to stay in contact. Thank you for making her so happy! I will pray for you and your family!

  4. Roland and Brenda Rivera says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Amanda’s home going to be with her Savior Jesus. Prayers for peace and strength during this difficult time for the entire family. Love to my nephews and niece Jacob, Liam and Natalie. Love you all.

  5. kim says:

    Justin and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Amanda for about 5 years and knew her well. She was a very hard worker and loved her family tremendously. My heart hurts for all of you. You are in my prayers. I hope you find comfort and peace in knowing how very much she was loved.

  6. Bob Latham and Family says:

    Dear Cooke Family, I did not personally know Amanda, but I feel like I do. I have Worked side by side with Bill for years. Bill is very proud of all his children, and speaks of them often.
    To know that your dearest loved one is in Heaven brings a since of peace to everyone. I have prayed for your entire family daily since Bill called and told me this sorrowful news.
    May God be with each of you, especially the dear children, during this time of grief.

  7. Jill says:

    My heart goes out to Justin, the kids, uncle Bill and other family. I was only part of the Morgan family for 10yr however still consider everyone family. This just breaks my heart. So hard to believe we could lose such a wonderful person at such a young age. Everyone will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care of yourselves and dont be afraid to admit when you need help and arent okay. You have alot of people who love you and will be there for you. May God be with you. Jill (Morgan) Garbrandt

  8. Mike and Morgan Hockenberry says:

    Justin and family, we’re sending healing prayers and comforting hugs during this time.. We pray you feel surrounded by much love and God shows you signs of peace.

  9. Cindy Kasper says:

    I ran and raced with Amanda back when she lived and went to our church in Akron. Her toughness was amazing. Truly amazing. She was a strong woman and a great role model. Praying for her family.

  10. Valerie Delmoncio says:

    RIP Amanda. I am sorry you left so abruptly. You will be missed in the neighborhood.

    Delmonico Family

  11. Inga Davis says:

    I met Amanda through running. She became my running coach. She pushed me and inspired me, believing in my capabilities. It was an honor to know her. She was always ready to help people: strangers, friends, neighbors. She strived for that and she was never afraid to speak up for the things she believed in. That is how I perceived Amanda and I am truly so sorry for your loss. She will always inspire me and I hope that in some way we all can carry on a small part of her.

  12. Palma Mills says:

    Justin and Family, My sincere condolences to you. Prayers and healing during this time. Praise him and he will be there for you during this time . May God be with each of you during this time of grief. God Bless you! From all of us at Pinnacle.

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