Just after 5 p.m. Sept. 22, family members announced the death of Courtney Cole after a nearly 6-year battle with lung cancer.
Cole was well known in Noblesville for her basketball career as a star at Noblesville High School and later at Indiana University. Cole’s voice also is well known across the state from radio commercials for Hare Chevrolet, where she served as one-half of the “Sisters of Savings” duo with her sister, Monica Peck.
Never a smoker, Cole first was diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer in March 2014.
Earlier this month, Cole’s family created the “Team Courtney Strong” Facebook page to give updates to the community of Cole’s health. As of press time, more than 1,800 were following the page.
At the beginning of the month, the family said Cole was admitted to the hospital for complications from lung cancer, known as leptomeningeal disease. On Sept. 18, the family said Cole had stopped treatments and was under hospice care at home, and on Sept. 21 she was re-admitted to Riverview Health Hospital under hospice care.
The family released the following statement on her passing:
“She was a true warrior and champion at everything she did in life, including fight this horrible cancer. She was surrounded by family and loved ones when she passed…Thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughts. She was a very loved woman by all, and we will miss her immensely.”
Funeral services have not yet been announced.
This story will be updated.