Dorothy Harriet Pierce

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Dorothy Harriet Pierce, daughter of William Jerome Pierce and Harriet Hanson Robinson, was born at Los Angeles, California, 6 February 1927.1,2 She died at her home at Irvine, Orange Co., California, 15 November 2013.3

A portion of Don and Dorothy's ashes were interred at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego Co., California, 6 June 2017. The remainder were later scattered at sea off the coast of Hawaii, near Kona, in early December, 2017.4

Dorothy married Donald Force Cooke, son of Edward Ambrose Cooke and Adele La Force, at Los Angeles 30 November 1945.5,6,7

Dorothy worked for several years in the Los Angeles office of the IRS. When they were first married, Don was still in the Navy so she lived with her parents. After Don returned from the Navy, they lived in a small apartment on Redondo Beach Blvd.

She resumed her education after Jeff started school. She majored in Art and crowded a four year curriculum into 10 years. She graduated cum laude from California State University, Long Beach in 1976.

Her favorite poem was adapted from "Under a Dark Star" and known as "Deep Peace":
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining starts to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.8

Dorothy and Donald had four children, all still living.


Donald Force Cooke b. 10 Jan 1923, d. 19 May 2017
This person was last edited on19 Sep 2020


  1. [S1027] Dorothy Harriet Pierce, Birth Certificates, File No. 2037 (1927), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, Los Angeles, California.
  2. [S464] United States Census for 1930 Fifteenth Census of the United States, Los Angeles City, Assembly District 57, Los Angeles County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 142, sheet 24B, dwelling 631, family 591, William J. Pierce household, age 3, born in California, digital image, (; original data: NARA micropublication T626, 2668 rolls, roll #138.
  3. [S190] Dorothy Harriet Cooke, Death Certificates, File No. 3201330016893 (2013), Orange County Public Health and Medical Services, Santa Ana, California.
  4. [S2323] Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed Sep 2020), memorial page for 20 Jun 2017, Find a Grave memorial #180564298 & 180066545, maintained by Cookie, further cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S206] Donald Force Cooke & Dorothy Harriet Pierce, Marriage Certificates, File No. Book 2508, p15, certificate #22277 (1945), Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, Los Angeles, California.
  6. [S213] Bible Record of Family and Descendants of Henry G. Cooke, The Comprehensive Bible; Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorized Version... (Hartford, Connecticut: Andrus & Judd, 1832); Compiler's genealogy files.
  7. [S1673] Gregory Don Cooke, "Historic Ancestors: Major Stede Bonnet, Pirate of the Caribbean," The Genealogist 25 (Spring 2011): 31-33, at 33, further cited as Cooke, "Major Stede Bonnet."
  8. [S1956] Dorothy Harriet Cooke, Remembrance Card, Compiler's genealogy files (Clarkdale, Arizona).