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“My condolences to the Mercer Family during this time. Sista will be greatly missed. I will always keep her memory alive in my heart. I love you all. ”
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Sarah Elizabeth Boston-Cooke, 78, of 27 Beech Street, Waterbury, CT, died Friday, November 3, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Ms. Cooke was born December 15, 1938, in Plymouth, NC, the daughter of the late Adolph Boston and Mr. and Mrs. Lenzola and Edna Mercer of Waterbury.

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in Waterbury. She was affectionately called "Sister" or "Auntie Sister" by her family. Ms. Cooke joined Grace Baptist as a child and never missed a Sunday until she became ill. She enjoyed working in the Grace Baptist kitchen. Ms. Cooke loved to play bingo and go to the Casino. She was also a seamstress. In her early years, she worked at a Chinese Restaurant in New York City. She worked at Cherry Street Grocer, the family business, where she made the best grinders. Later she was employed at Devon Manufacture until her retirement. Ms. Cooke enjoyed baking pies and cakes, also, cooking, especially collard greens, pigs' feet and chitterlings. Sister was a strong-willed person and would "tell it like it is." She was very outspoken. Sister had a big heart and loved her family. She truly enjoyed to driving her Cadillac and became very upset with the doctor when he told her that she would no longer be able to drive because of her illness. With her independence gone, she really gave us a hard time.

Ms. Cooke leaves to cherish her memory two sisters, Deacon Elnora M. Carr and Ms. Joyce Mercer of Waterbury, one Aunt, Mrs. Sarah Harrison of New York City, nephews, Jerry Green, Jr., Duane V. Mercer, Sr., Jason J. Mercer, William E. Carr, Jr., Cameron Crosby and Brian Morgan all of Waterbury, nieces, Mary Clyburn of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, Dana Clyburn of Passaic, New Jersey and Charmaine Wright of Waterbury, great-nephews, Elijah J. Carr and Jordan Carr, Duane V. Mercer, Jr., Jeremiah Greene and KeShawn Wright of all of Waterbury and Julian Allen; great-nieces, Mrs. LaSondra Greene-Ponterlli of Rhode Island, also Essence, Jewel and Jarayah Greene of Waterbury, Nitika, Monique, Michele and Raven Byrd of Waterbury. Ms. Cooke also leaves her childhood friends, Ms. Joyce Hoffler and Mrs. Jeannette Sinclair; Her long-time friends Ms. Dora Kee and Ms. Dellar Williams. She will be missed by host of cousins, family, friends the Hunters, Jennifer Rosa, Ta-Tisha Greene, Tiffany Brown, and her Grace Baptist Church Family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ms. Cooke is predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law Mr. & Mrs. Jerry and Pearl (Mercer) Greene, her grandmother Mrs. Elnora Mercer Ferbee, a brother-in-law, Mr. William E. Carr, Sr. a great-nephew, William E. Carr III (PooBear) and a great-niece, Sherrel Byrd.