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Beulah E. Cobbs

Beulah Ettenger Cobbs, 94, a resident of Sunnyside Retirement Community, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 4, 2013.

She was born Dec. 2, 1918, in Lawrence-ville, Va., and was the daughter of the late Laura Belle Ettenger-Callahan.

Mrs. Cobbs graduated from Longwood College in June 1940 with a bachelor’s degree. Before moving to Harrisonburg in 1960, she lived in Richmond, Va., Chester, Va., Baltimore, Md., and Rockville, Md. She continued teaching English and Latin at Montevideo High School and Spotswood High School. She was given the Teacher of Year Award while teaching at Montevideo High School.

Mrs. Cobbs was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the SCA, appointed by state; past president of Business and Professional Women; a lifetime member of Rockingham County Teachers Association and Virginia Education Association; former secretary at Woman’s Club in Rockville and Chester; and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma. She was church organist and choir director at Sunnyside for 20 years and Mabel Memorial for 10 years; she had previously also played the organ while living in Rockville and in Chester.

On June 12, 1942, she married the Rev. Howard Clinton Cobbs, who preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1985. Her husband was a former administrator at Sunnyside.

She is survived by two sons, Howard C. Cobbs Jr. and wife, Diann, of Memphis, Tenn., and William L. Cobbs of Huntington Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.

The family will receive friends at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, from 1-2 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. following the visitation at the funeral home with Chaplain Paul O’Gorek officiating. Private entombment will be at the Mausoleum at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund of Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community in her memory.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

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