|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1951|
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 2012|
Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Cohee Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Cohee passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Mrs. Cohee was born on August 9, 1951, in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the daughter of Ruth Walker Inman and Frederick Bigelow Inman. Her youth was defined by the adventures of her family, included traveling throughout the United States and boating on the Hudson River. She graduated from Bergenfield High School where she was a member of the marching band and had the opportunity to march in the Macy's Christmas Parade. Betty obtained a degree in elementary education from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1973, and taught in Maryland's Anne Arundel County Schools. She enjoyed teaching elementary students in an open classroom environment. She then received a Master Degree in Business from the prestigious Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1979. While at Purdue University, she met William R. Cohee and they were married on January 12, 1980, in Hammond, Indiana. After their wedding, they moved to Oak Lawn, Illinois, where she worked for Container Corporation of American in Arlington, Illinois. Their first child, Brian Michael, was born on July 7, 1982. Her life was saddened by the death of their second child, Todd, the day after he was born on September 1, 1984. Todd is buried in Bunnell Cemetery in Frankfort, Indiana next to his grandparents, William Byron and Ruth Hale Cohee.
In 1985, the family moved to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg in time for the birth of Mark William on January 15, 1986. Betty worked for Lantz Construction Company in Broadway, Virginia, where she was enthralled by the construction industry and the opportunity to visit the work sites. Her next position was with James Madison University as an instructor in Management until 1999 when she retired due to the beginning of a long illness. She enjoyed encouraging the students to achieve their potential and frequently brought foreign students home for the holidays.
Betty continued to enjoy frequent traveling and took the family on a 6 week camping trip throughout the west in the summer of 1996. She became passionate about the Boy Scouts of America when the children were members and was an assistant scout master and coordinated 3 different trips for the troop to bicycle the 184 miles of the C and O Canal from Cumberland to Georgetown along the Potomac River. She was eager to camp with the troop even in the deep snows in winter. Betty was an avid camper, hiker and bicyclist and jumped at any opportunity to enjoy nature. Mrs. Cohee was an active member to First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. Betty was active in the community supporting the Moms and Tots programs. She had strong family values and nurtured her children to reach their full potential academically as well as in sports and to enjoy God's gifts in nature. Betty valued her many friends and enjoyed their special times together. Mrs. Cohee was preceded in death by her father, Frederick B. Inman and son, Todd. Surviving are husband, William R. Cohee; two sons, CPT Brian Michael Cohee and wife, Dr. Lauren Merritt Singer Cohee with grandson, Oliver Graham Cohee of Columbia, Maryland; and Dr. Mark William Cohee and wife, Amy Suzanne Haldeman Cohee of Bluff City, Tennessee; mother, Ruth Walker Inman; sister, Harriet Hofmann and husband, Roy Hofmann, of Carrollton, Texas. A Celebration of Betty's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg with Dr. Kyle W. Key presiding. A private interment will be held at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Troop 40, c/o Kemper Dadisman, Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 South Main Street, Harrisonburg Virginia 22801, for boys needing financial assistance to outdoors adventures. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kygers.com.
.Published in The News Virginian on August 10, 2012
Created by: JLR
Record added: Feb 27, 2013
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