Elizabeth L. 'Beth' Cole


Elizabeth L. "Beth" Cole, 79, Elwood, died Sept. 4, 2016, at Tipton Hospital following complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was born Oct. 16, 1936, in Elwood, to Hoyt and Irene (Juday) Brewer. Beth was a homemaker all of her life. She was a 1954 graduate of Wendell L. Willkie High School, and married James E. "Jim" Cole on March 22, 1959.
Beth was baptized in East Main Street Christian Church on April 13, 1958, and was a devoted member - participating in the Great Banquet ministry and Christian Followers Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, the Order of Eastern Star, and active in Kiwanis Club with her husband. Beth volunteered at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital for many years; was active in supporting the Elwood Morrisett Center; member of the Elwood Alumni Association; and was formerly affiliated with Community V.N.A. She always had a smile or kind word for everyone she met, and formerly participated in clowning for many years, known as "Smiley the Clown" when she entertained within the community. She was known for being a great cook, and catered for many years at Watson's Greenbriar with her friend, Gretchen Watson. She also enjoyed crocheting, and was proud to have hosted several foreign exchange students over the years. Beth called her friends and church members on their birthday every year to express well wishes. Her family enjoyed camping and belonged to the National Travel Club; and in later years, wintered in Okeechobee, Fla., with many great friends.
Beth is survived by husband, James E. "Jim" Cole of Elwood; three children, Marcy (Mel) Fry of Elwood, Martin (Stephanie) Cole of Lawrence, and Marjorie (Mark) Morgan of Tipton; 14 grandchildren, Troy (Leah) Robertson, Kaylie (Jason) Phillips, Michael (Alex) Cole, Dani Cole, Jessica (Jeremy) Stewart, Sophia Morgan, Nate Morgan, Ben (Diana) Fry, Andy (Liz)Fry, Misty (David) Wallace, Sheila Vann, Dennis J. Cole, Damian Cole, and Destynee Cole; 12 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Claire, Elliot, Oliver, Olivia, Jackson, Mercedes, Zachery, Thomas, Alexia, and David; special family members, Leigha and Liam; daughter-in-law, Jayne Cole; sister-in-law, Joan (Kendric) Hosier; special nieces, Debbie and Cindy; and beloved lifelong friends, Earl and Gretchen Watson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hoyt W. Brewer; mother, Irene Jack; stepfather, William Jack; and son, Matthew Cole.
A Life Celebration funeral service for Beth will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Main Street Christian Church in Elwood with the Rev. Roger Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Elwood City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the church. A Delta Theta Tau Memorial Service will start at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home followed by St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Volunteers and Order of Eastern Star services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to East Main Street Christian Church Good Neighbor Fund.
Online condolences: copherfeslermay.com.
Published on September 7, 2016
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