The crystal clear, night sky gained a new, beautiful star on Dec. 5, 2013. Cora Ann Coberly passed away with her family around her after a short struggle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by more people than she realized. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Christ United Methodist Church, with services concluding at the church.
Cora was born on April 23, 1935, to C. M. and Thea (Hollingstad) Boekhout in Phillips, S.D. Her family moved to Hot Springs, S.D., where most of her young life was spent and where she graduated from high school.
She met James E. Coberly in Hot Springs and they married Oct. 17, 1954. They moved to the Denver area where she became a homemaker and a den mother for both her boys' Cub Scouts groups. In 1974, she and her family moved to Sterling. Cora and her husband owned and ran Major Liquors from 1984 until 2000, when one of her sons and his wife took over. She enjoyed being in the Busy Bees, was a longtime member of the Riverview Ladies Golf Association, and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church.
Cora is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Jim; sons, Robert E. Coberly and wife Lora of Bailey, and Craig E. Coberly and wife Linda of Sterling; granddaughters, Shana Piantoni and husband Michele of Nassau, Bahamas, and Brittney Lawrence and Alison Coberly of Bailey; grandsons, Shane Coberly and wife Courtney of Littleton, and Ian Coberly of Sterling; and great-grandchildren, Kaden and Riley Coberly of Littleton. Cora is also survived by brothers, Andrew Boekhout and wife Neva of Hot Springs, S.D., and C. M. "Corney" Boekhout and wife Maxine "Mickey" of Rapid City, S.D.; in addition to many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Bernice Jones; and brother, Theodore Boekhout.