Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber Baby whose image has appeared on millions of goods over the years, has died, according to the company’s Instagram account. Cook died at the age of 95.

“Many years before becoming an extraordinary mother, teacher and writer, her smile and expressive curiosity captured hearts everywhere and will continue to live on as a symbol for all babies,” Gerber said in a statement posted online.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ann’s family and to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her,” it added.

Ann Turner cook cause of death

Ann Turner Cook died at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 3, 2022, at the age of 95. She died a natural death at Old age.

Her death is a natural cause.

Who was Ann Turner Cook?

Ann Turner Cook was an American educator and mystery novelist best known for modeling the Gerber Infant artwork that can be found on the Gerber Products Company’s baby food containers.

Ann Turner Cook Parents

She was born Ann Leslie Turner in Westport, Connecticut, the daughter of syndicated cartoonist Leslie Turner, who for decades drew the Captain Easy comic strip. The artist Dorothy Hope Smith, who lived next door to the family, created a charcoal drawing of Ann when she was a baby. Smith’s drawing was submitted and chosen when Gerber announced it was looking for baby images for its next line of infant food in 1928. It was registered as a trademark in 1931. Ann Turner Cook’s illustration has since been used on almost all Gerber baby food packaging. Cook’s true identity was unknown until 1978. In a one-on-one segment on To Tell the Truth in 1990, Cook was a guest.

Later in her childhood, her family relocated to Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in English and the University of South Florida with a master’s degree in English education. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.


Cook worked as a teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School in Florida and Madison Junior High School in Tampa, Florida. She began teaching literature and creative writing in the English Department of Hillsborough High School in Tampa in 1966. Cook, who financed the book, was honored by students in the Hilsborean school yearbook of 1972. Pupils characterized her as “a teacher who truly communicates with the students” who “has remained late, worked nights, and quietly supported her colleagues in their tremendous endeavor” without complaining.

Cook became a novelist after retiring from teaching. She was the author of the Brandy O’Bannon series of mystery books set on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and she was a member of the Mystery Writers of America. [requires citation] Trace Their Shadows (2001) and Shadow over Cedar Key (2001) chronicle the exploits of Florida reporter and amateur sleuth O’Bannon (2003).

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