Betty J. Cookson

February 27, 1924 - March 23, 2019
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Betty J. Cookson, 95, formerly of New Philadelphia, died peacefully on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Orchard Grove Assisted Living in Bellevue, Ohio.

Born on February 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mae (Shaw) Sherer of Midvale, Ohio and the sister of the late Maxine Coventry.

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Betty J. Cookson, 95, formerly of New Philadelphia, died peacefully on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Orchard Grove Assisted Living in Bellevue, Ohio.

Born on February 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mae (Shaw) Sherer of Midvale, Ohio and the sister of the late Maxine Coventry.

Betty attended and graduated Midvale High School (class of ’42) where she met James Raymond Cookson Sr., who preceded her in death on May 24,1993. They married on October 4, 1942 and Betty worked while her new husband served in the Army during WWII.

Together they raised a happy family of two daughters, Sandra and Cathy and a son, Jim Jr. In 1955 the family moved to Navarre, Ohio and in 1962 to Berea, Ohio and later in 1967, to Hazelcrest, Illinois before returning to the Schoenbrunn Valley area of New Philadelphia in 1978. There, they built a new home up the road from the very first house that they lived in as newly-weds. Wanting, but never having the opportunity to continue her education, she was immensely proud that she and her husband were able to provide that opportunity to their children.

As the children grew up, Betty enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking and gardening. When living in Berea, she worked at The Yarn and Fabric Shoppe and while in the Chicago area, she managed the Flower and Garden department at Marshall Fields. She created many beautiful quilts and afghans and baked delicious pies that will not be forgotten by her children, grandchildren and friends.

Her son, Jim Cookson Jr. of Portsmouth, Ohio, died unexpectedly in his home in Portsmouth, Ohio, on March 7, 2019.

Betty will forever be loved and missed by her children and family, Sandra and Douglas Gates of Norwalk, Ohio, Catherine Alexander of Santa Fe, New Mexico; daughter- in-law, Cindy Cook-son of Portsmouth, Ohio; her grandchildren, Cari Gates of Roanoke, Virginia, Stefan and Sarah Gates of Sarasota, Florida, and Kristin Cookson of Huntington, West Virginia; as well as her caring “friend since 4th grade”, Nina Sours of Brightwood, Ohio.

Calling hours will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home in New Philadelphia on Thurs-day, March 28, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia, on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. with Rev. Hugh Berry officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be given to the Otterbein United Methodist Church where she was a member.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Born: February 27, 1924
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Jane Gerber posted on 3/28/19

Our prayers for peace and comfort are with your family. We were blessed to have known Betty and Jim through their membership at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Our deepest sympathy, Robert and Jane Gerber

 

Skip James posted on 3/25/19

Sandy, Cathy and family So sorry for the loss of your mother, so soon after the passing of Jim. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. The James family and Cindy and Kristin

 

Becky Holmes Kostelnik posted on 3/24/19

So very sorry for your loss...she was a beautiful woman..Prayers of comfort for the family. What a very trying month for all of you?

 

Jim Alexander posted on 3/24/19

I was very sorry to hear about Betty Cookson’s passing. She was always genuine , kind, sweet and caring person. My condolences to the family. She lived a long life and will be missed Sincerely Jim Alexander

 

Betty miller posted on 3/24/19

Aunt Betty always had a lilting pretty voice. We did not spend a lot of time with her living across the country but she stayed in my heart and my mom and dad loved her. Peace is her home now. Bless you ladies. Love always. Sam and Betty Miller

 

Dick & Julie Hagye posted on 3/24/19

Our deepest sympathies to you Sandra & Doug and the rest of your family. Prayers & thoughts are with you. Dick & Julie Hagye

 

Valerie Cookson posted on 3/24/19

My deepest sympathies to The Family. Loved Aunt Betty, she will be missed.

 

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