Eunice Jean Cookson, age 95, of New Philadelphia, left her Earthly home early Tuesday, March 23, 2021, while in the care of Park Village Southside at New Philadelphia. She has been reunited with her beloved husband, Ben.
Born on February 1, 1926, at New Philadelphia, Eunice was a daughter of the late Lowell and Verna (Bennington) Kiser and was a 1943 graduate of New Philadelphia High School.
On February 14, 1944, Eunice married Benjamin Cookson, Jr. Together the couple raised three children and shared in nearly 65 years of marriage prior to Ben’s passing on February 10, 2009.
Eunice was a longtime member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church and for many years helped her husband in the office of his company, Ben Cookson, Inc. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling with Ben to construction conventions, collecting frog figurines, and caring for her canine companion, Bella.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Jean James of Reynoldsburg and Marsha Rae Nelson of New Philadelphia; her grandchildren, Paul (Kim) Elliott, Jr. Shawn (Stephanie) Elliott, Benjamin Cookson, IV, Melissa Cookson and Stephanie (Aaron) Carlisle; her great-grandchildren, Megan Elliott, Jack and Riley Elliott, Benjamin Cookson, V, Colby Cookson, and Cooper and Kinsey Carlisle; her brother, Melvin “Bud” Kiser, her former daughter-in-law, Sandra Cookson; a special family friend, Larry Krauss, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eunice was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin “Benjy” Cookson, III; a son-in-law, Freeman “Butch” Nelson, and two sisters, Helen Watson and Doris Reidel.
Private family services will be held with burial alongside her husband to take place in the Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.
Memorial contributions in Eunice’s name may be directed to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Road NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.