Celebrating the life of

Dorothy "Dottie" Brenner Cook

August 29, 1924 - June 28, 2020


Dorothy Brenner Cook, 95, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Mrs. Cook was born in Marsh, Montana and she graduated high school in Grandview, Washington. She was an original Rosie the Riveter working at the Boeing plant in Seattle, Washington during World War II.  With her first husband, Scott, who was an officer in the United States Air Force, she travelled around the United States and Japan while raising her three beloved children: Susanne, Burder (Buzz) and Lorelle (Lori). After settling in Savannah, Georgia, Dottie graduated from vocational school and went to work for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System as a secretary at the Chatham County Board of Education. Once Dottie retired, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, Steven and Danielle, travelling with her sisters and working in her yard.

Surviving is her daughter, Susanne L. Sapp; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Steven M. and Becky Petrea; granddaughter, Danielle N. Smith; and sister, Irene Ruth Hoskin. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dorothea Brenner; her children, Burder (Buzz) Smith Athey, III and Lorelle (Lori) Athey Petrea; her sisters, Antonia Keithley, Clara Brenner and Tina Hill; and her brother, John Brenner; and two ex-husbands, Burder (Scott) Smith Athey, Jr. and John Cook.

A graveside service will be held in the Good Shepard section of Forest Lawn Memory Gardens on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.



Susanne and Danielle, such a sad time...I'm so sorry...just remember the good times past.

- larry dickerson, portal, ga

A candle has been lit!

Danielle and Susanne, You're both in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I remember Dot as a smart, interesting, spunky little lady. She lived an amazing life and will be missed. She left you with memories that will never be forgotten. Love, Susan

- Susan G. Sapp, Pembroke, Ga

Sue: I am so sorry to hear of Dot's passing. She was my Mama's very best friend. And now they are together, laughing and drinking coffee. Our love and prayers are with you. Bobbie

- Frank and Bobbie D Stephens, Thunderbolt, GA

As my life ling friend Susanne(sudie) and daughter Danielle my heart is heavy to receive news of Dots passing She was my 2nd mom growing up. We Shared many laughs..good times. May you rest now were always a friend to many and I will always love you ❤

- Ale is (chris) wallace, Moreland, Ga

I was so sorry to hear of Dot's passing. We worked together at the Board of Education in the "new" technology field of Word Processing in the 1980's. There were five of us, and Dot was an integral part of our team. She was also an excellent proofreader. Our office staff not only shared time during the day, but we also shared our life stories; and as a result were all very close. Dot had great strength, optimism, resilience, and a great sense of humor. I have to add that my oldest son was attending a high school dance and had no idea how to tie a bow tie. After calling Dot, there was a mad dash to her house so she could show us how to do it!! She will be missed.

- Ellen Fillmore, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel