Cookie Terry Funeral Service | December 29, 2020

Cookie Terry Funeral Service | December 29, 2020

To the Glory of God and in Memory of Erma (Cookie) Terry

Rev. Gregory Mech | December 29, 2020 | Cookie Terry Funeral | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 11:00 am

Erma Cookie Terry. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.


~ Lovingly Written by the Family ~ 

Erma Mae (Cookie) Terry was born April 24, 1927 in Joplin, Missouri to Amy Caroline Coffer and James McDonald Steddum.  She was raised in the Joplin/Racine area and attended Neosho High School.  She was the baby of a blended family of 12 children.

Cookie fell in love with a handsome sailor named Phillip Warren Terry and they were married December 28, 1945.  After several duty stations and years they settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they raised their two girls.  After retirement and living in Colorado for 45 years, they returned home to Webb City.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999.

Cookie worked most of her life as an Office Manager in Transportation working alongside her husband Phil, Operations Manager.  Upon their return to Missouri, she enjoyed many years working at Precious Moments and Empire District.

Family was one of the most important things in Cookie’s life.  She is survived by her daughters Cheryl Dempsey and Becky Short, grandchildren Amy Dempsey, Chris Dempsey and wife Holly, and Courtney Short, great-grandchildren Madison Dempsey, Toryn Dempsey and Blake Dempsey all of Colorado Springs.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including 5 very special ones who have been by her side for many years, David Comstock, Mark Comstock, Karen Swaine, Carole Jaye Davidson and K.C. Brockman.

She was very active in their Lutheran church and school in Colorado Springs and was a member at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.

Cookie loved being surrounded by family and friends and was happiest at these times, so it was fitting that she died while family was talking and laughing and reminiscing at her bedside.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2616 Connecticut Ave., followed by graveside services at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.

To the Glory of God and In Memory of Erma “Cookie” Terry

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 — 11:00 am

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

In Holy Baptism, Erma (Cookie) Terry was clothed with the robe of Christ’s righteousness that covered all her sin. St. Paul says, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

“For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Romans 6:3-5

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

ANTHEM “Serenaded by Angels” by Kirk Talley

Revelation 21:1–4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. O God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Your loving-kindness shown to Cookie and to all Your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors. Grant that we also may be faithful unto death and receive the crown of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

HYMN 570 “Just as I Am” 1,2,5,6

Just as I am, without one plea 
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou biddest me come to Thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not 
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, 
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown 
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.




Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:29-32

“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord. “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25


The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

HYMN 461 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” 1,3,5,6,7

I know that my Redeemer lives; 
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives who once was dead; 
He lives, my ever-living head.

He lives to bless me with His love; 
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives, my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

He lives to silence all my fears; 
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart; 
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

Learn More

One Comment

  1. Ken Gaskill

    Thank you Rev. Gregory Mech and Immanuel Lutheran Church for live streaming the memorial service for Great Aunt Cookie. It was a touching service for a wonderful lady.

    Ken Gaskill

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *