Beatrice Elaine Datus Cooley was born March 30, 1926, to Virgil E. and Helen G. Copsey Datus at Westerville, and passed away Sept. 14, 2012, at Golden Living Center.
She attended school in Westerville and later graduated. In high school she met the love of her life, Ivan Rex Cooley. May 7, 1942, they were married.
To this union three children were born: Gary Lee, Sept. 9, 1943, Larry Dale, Sept. 27, 1948, and Nancy Annette, Dec. 26, 1954. The couple resided near the Westerville Community before relocating to Albany, Ore.
They returned to Custer County the following year. The couple moved to the Emil Volsky property near Westerville to farm, then later purchased the Virgil Datus farm in 1967.
In 1985 they moved to Broken Bow to manage William Penn Lodge. Eventually they returned to their farm in Westerville and Beatrice worked at the Medicine Chest.
Beatrice had many passions in life. She loved to crochet and shared many of her afghans with friends and family. Ivan and Beatrice enjoyed traveling to the west coast visiting with extended family. They also enjoyed going to big band dances. She always had coffee and a treat ready for anyone who stopped to visit.
"Bap" was a member of Does, She also played an active role in the Westerville Methodist Ladies Aide.
Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Virgil; two sons, Larry Dale and Gary Lee, and grand daughter, Stephanie.
She is survived by her husband, Ivan, of 70 years; one daughter, Nancy and her husband Joel Brown and grand daughter, Tiffany of Denver, Colo.; daughter -in -law, Doris Wright Cooley; grandson, Mark Cooley, and great-granddaughter, Samantha, all of Sacramento, Calif. Beatrice has five siblings, Meredith Zutavern, Donna Kimball, Dixie Pappas, Audrey Miller, and Edwin (Ellen) Datus, as well as numerous neices and nephews, family and friends.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 11, 2012