Melinda P. Conrad-Cooke, 78, of East Dennis, Mass., died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.
She was born and raised in New York City to the late Dr. Thomas Jefferson and Blanton Parks. She attended The Brearley School, an all-girls private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She was also a graduate of Bradford College and the Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York. Shortly after graduation, she became a buyer for Bloomingdale's at their flagship New York store.