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POCATELLO - Our beloved mother, grandmother, and best friend, Elizabeth Lucretia Godfrey Cobia, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, November 7, 2010, at the Gables Assisted Living Home.
She was born on November 28, 1921, to John Allen and Ona Mae Petty Godfrey in Cold Springs, Oklahoma.
In 1939, Elizabeth married Aubrey A. Pierce. Two precious daughters were born to the union, Barbara Ann and Betty Sue. They moved to Pocatello, where she graduated from Grimms Business College. She worked for Culligan Water Softening and then for the Union Pacific Railroad. Beth and Aubrey were divorced in 1947.
Beth met Jim Cobia, who also worked for the railroad in 1948. On July 2, 1949, she married Jim, "the love of her life." They were blessed with five more precious children, Colleen, Brenda, Kathy, Jim and Carol.
Bowling soon became her favorite sport and in 1963, Jim and Beth built Melody Bowling Center in American Falls, which they operated for 28 years. Beth attended Brunswick Management School in Chicago. She traveled to many national tournaments with her "high five" teammates.
In 1990, Beth was awarded the "Meritorious Service Award" from the Idaho State Young American Bowling Alliance. She was inducted into the Power County Women's Bowling Hall of Fame. She served as president of the Snake River Bowling Proprietors Association. She also served on the Power County Health Board.
Over the years Beth and Jim enjoyed traveling to many places with their children. Among them were Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, and Alaska. One of the highlights of her later life was a trip to New York with her daughter.
Beth became a member of the LDS Church in 1954. Towards the end of her life she always talked about how much she love Jesus, and was looking forward to going to heaven.
Spending time with her family was Beth's greatest joy. Jimi and Erica Jennings, their grandchildren, were raised and loved by Beth and Jim as their own since their mother's death in 1982.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Betty Sue Rasmussen of St. George, Utah, Colleen (Jamie) Mayer of Pocatello, Brenda (Breck) Rich of Hailey, Carol Cobia of Maui, Hawaii, Linda Sewell of Loomis, Calif.; sons, Noel (Jean) Cobia of Ogden, Utah, and Dennis (Leslie) Cobia of Henderson, Nev. She was preceded in death by husband, James Anderson Cobia, daughter, Barbara Shepherd, daughter, Kathleen Jennings and son, James A. Cobia Jr., her parents, two brothers and five sisters.
The family would like to especially thank "Angie" and the crew at the Gables Assisted Living. Mom loved you all!
The funeral service will be Saturday November 13 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Third Ward Chapel, 650 Pocatello Avenue. The visitation will be Friday, November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fallsview Cemetery, American Falls.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Nov. 11, 2010