Esther Cox-Pearson, 84

Esther Nadene Cox-Pearson, 84, of Broken Bow, formerly of Callaway, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow. She was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Holyoke, Colo., to Ray and Martha (Brown) Stroup. She was a 1945 graduate of Phillips County High School in Haxtun, Colo., and went on to further her education at Sterling Junior College, graduating in May of 1947. She was baptized in April 1939, in the Presbyterian Church in Colorado and later joined the United Methodist Church in Callaway when the couple moved there. Nadene was united in marriage to Edward Obermiller in March 1949. He preceded her in death in June 1953. She then was united in marriage to Gerald Cox in 1976. She would later marry W.B. ‚”Bill” Pearson June 10, 1986, and welcomed Bill’s four children as her own. Bill preceded Nadene in death Nov. 6, 2010. Nadene was a hard-working, respected career woman who took great pride in her ability to accomplish any job she set her mind to. While in Colorado she worked in accounting for an Oldsmobile dealership, did the accounting and ordering for a large lumberyard and retired as a receptionist for a physician. She loved taking care of people and when the couple moved to Callaway they enjoyed delivering Meals-on-Wheels. She was a great mother to Bill’s children and thought of them as her own as she brought stability and love to the family. Family time was so important and she loved each grandchild as they came along. She was a wonderful cook and loved to can. Survivors include the children, Barbara and husband Gary McCormick of Sparks, Conni and husband John Grieser of Broken Bow, Bill, Jr. and wife Cindy Pearson of Broken Bow, and Mark Pearson of Gibbon; brothers, Donald and wife Cynthia Stroup of Golden, Colo., Clifford Stroup of Arvada, Colo.; sister-in-law, Clara Stroup of Golden, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Nadene was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; three brothers; one sister and one granddaughter. The family has honored Nadene’s wishes that her body be cremated and there will be no visitation. A Memorial Service Celebration was Friday, June 24, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in Callaway, with the Rev. Roger Gillming officiating. Inurnment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway. Memorials are suggested to the Callaway Community Center or the United Methodist Church Women. Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway was in charge of arrangements. Please direct online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome.comPublished by Custer County Chief, June 30, 2011