Estelle (Cookie) Abrams died July 2 at the Renaissance Nursing Home in Holyoke after a brief illness. Born in Holyoke, she was the daughter of Samuel and Ida (Hoffman) Abrams. She graduated from Holyoke High School, Framingham State College and Howard University. She worked as a research dietician at Goldwater Hospital in New York and at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. She later moved to Washington D.C. and received a degree in Dental Hygiene and a Masters Degree in Zoology from Howard University where she was elected to Sigma Xi the honor science society. She worked as a researcher at the National Library of Medicine where she created the initial data base and bibliography for HIV. She also spent several years working at the World Health Organization library in Geneva, Switzerland, training librarians on collecting medical articles and creating data bases. Upon returning to the United States, she worked at the National Library of Medicine until she retired and moved to South Hadley’s Loomis Village. She was an accomplished sculptor and artist and volunteered as a tutor for school children. She is survived by a sister, Lois Schwab and brother-in-law, Tom, of Holyoke; a brother, Robert Abrams and his wife, Frances, of South Hadley; nine nieces and nephews and their spouses, Dan and Marge Radovsky of Chevy Chase MD; David Schwab and Carla Cantor of Maplewood NJ; Jon and Cheryl Schwab of Northampton; Liv and Michael Nash of Needham, Josh Abrams and Helen Fantini of South Hadley; Sam and Laura Abrams of New York City; Annah Abrams and Marty November of Belmont and Maury and Jen Abrams of Florence; and 16 great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Frances Radovsky. Memorial contributions may be made to Reach out and Read c/o Holyoke Pediatrics, 150 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke MA 01040; or the Holyoke Public Library Chestnut St., Holyoke MA 01040. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOLME


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