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FORNEY, Texas — The Kaufman County District Attorney's Office and community members are mourning the loss of Assistant District Attorney Lauren Cook, who passed away on March 11, 2019.

Cook, of Forney, joined the Kaufman County District Attorney's Office in 2009 and became its first prosecute child abuse cases.

The family submitted the following obituary in her memory:

Lauren Amanda Cook of Forney, Texas, died suddenly on March 11, 2019. She was born on April 24, 1980 in Dallas. Lauren graduated with honors from North Mesquite High School and Austin College in Sherman. She earned her juris doctorate law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

Lauren began her legal career in Dallas with Brian R. Arnold & Associates, the Law Office of Lynn Davis Ward, and Smith & Knott, P.C. In 2009, she joined the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney (ADA). She became the first ADA to prosecute child abuse cases in Kaufman County. With more than 10 years of service, Lauren served her community and its citizens well. Even in death, Lauren continues to serve others as an organ donor. Her grieving family, extended work family, and many friends and loved ones are missing her kind and gentle spirit, and her bright, infectious smile.

Beyond her reputation as an excellent attorney, Lauren’s colleagues and family members remember her as a consummate baker, who delighted in creating baked goods for office celebrations and family birthdays. She brought joy, laughter and a sincere love to her office family.

Lauren is survived by her loving mother Vickie Morgan Cook, father Mike Cook, grandmother Coy “Granny” Morgan and her beloved fur babies Romeo and Maxie. Other survivors include half-brother Mike Cook; aunt and uncle Debra and Keith Ross; cousin Ryan Ross; and cousin Natalie Baker, her husband Jason Baker and their sons Briggs, Duke and Court. Lauren was preceded in death by her grandfather Bennie Morgan and her beloved fur baby Beau.

In keeping with Lauren’s love for and dedication to children, those who would like may donate to the Kaufman County Child Advocacy Center.

A Celebration of Lauren’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Kaufman, 2000 W. Fair St., Kaufman.