Adair  McCook


On Sunday, April 7, 2019, Mary Adair Dougherty McCook (she'd never speak to you again if you called her Mary) - Jay's incredible wife of 54 years, the greatest mom to Allison, Farrell, Adam and Erin, and coolest Grandma ever - passed at 81.

Adair was born January 4, 1938 in Mesa, AZ, developing a love for turquoise jewelry and serving the best Mexican food you've ever eaten. Early during their marriage, she enjoyed gourmet cooking while camping across the desert, later becoming a self-taught master of French cuisine from Julia Childs' cookbooks.

Adair performed various administrative roles, retiring from Aviagen in Huntsville. Moving kids, cats and antique cars became the norm as Jay's auto industry career relocated them from Chicago to Minnesota, Galveston to Georgia, and finally settled in Alabama. She loved animals, Diet Dr Pepper, and laughing out loud. She was a pro at Jeopardy, beautiful gardens, needlepoint, and collecting McCoy pottery. She devoured libraries-full of books and made stunning jewelry gifts for everyone she loved.
She and Jay are members of St Paul Catholic Church in Athens, where they've lived for more than 30 years.

We miss her so, but know that God, Gramma Pearl and all our friends and family who've gone before us are in Heaven to greet her with open arms.

We are rejoicing in her life on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St Paul Catholic Church, 1900 US Hwy 72 W, Athens, AL, 35611. Visitation will be from 9-11a, with mass following, and a luncheon at the church at 12p. We hope everyone can join.
Published on April 9, 2019
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Diane Vanlandingham
Apr 11, 2019
I had the pleasure of knowing this lovely, beautiful & spirited lady. She always looked stunning with her turquoise jewelry on. And she did bring her Diet Dr. Pepper when she and Jay visited with my husband and myself. We had such interesting conversations. Jay and Adair raised such kind, smart & thoughtful children. God Bless them all. Adair will always be etched in my memories and she will be missed. Sending you much love up in Heaven Adair.