Remembering Muriel L. Cook

A recording of Muriel Cook’s Memorial Service is available to view: If you would like to share a remembrance with the family, a dedicated email has been set up at

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, surrounded by family, Muriel L. Cook passed from this world and into the arms of Jesus. Muriel was a beloved member of the Multnomah community, and she will be missed by many.  

Muriel was born in Foochow, China to missionary parents, and later served with her husband Norm as a missionary in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, Muriel and Norm welcomed their two daughters, Michele (Shelly) and Milei.  

Muriel served Multnomah University and its students, alumni, and employees faithfully as an adjunct faculty member and counselor-at-large from 1984-2013, as well as on a volunteer basis in the years following. Muriel and Norm poured their life and passion into the Multnomah community as conduits for the love and grace of Jesus.  

Muriel was a lay counselor for more than 60 years. With her daughter, Shelly Cook Volkhardt, she co-authored Kitchen Table Counseling and taught seminars based on the book for years. She had a deep passion for training Christian women to walk intimately with Jesus and alongside their sisters in the faith. Muriel mentored and guided countless women, men, and couples throughout her life, from students, alumni, missionaries, and those working in ministry. Her impact will not soon be forgotten. 

Muriel leaves behind a rich faith legacy that touched the lives of all who knew her, one that will be carried forward by her family: Norm, Glen and Shelly Volkhardt, Scott and Milei Yardley, and her four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She will be missed, but we know she is at peace with Jesus and we anticipate the day we will see her again in the glory of the Lord.  

June 8, 2019 | Memoriam