Beaver City, Nebraska

Sarah Irene Coe, age 84, of Beaver City, Nebraska passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. She was born on September 18, 1928 at Beaver City, Nebraska to Harvey J. & Hazel E. (Jennings) Smith.

She attended Beaver City High School and graduated with the class of 1946. She went on and earned her Masters degree from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. On June 18, 1947 she married Delton Ray Coe. They made their home south of "old" Republican City, Nebraska before moving north of the "new" Republican City in 1952. She was an office manager for Jim Bishop Geological Services in Republican City. In the spring of 1960, they then moved 3 miles west of Republican City. She taught school at rural schools south of Beaver City and Cairo, Nebraska. She would also teach at Sindt Country School north of Naponee, Nebraska, rural school district south of Alma by the state line and public schools at Mascot and Stamford, Nebraska. She would then teach for 16 years at Fairbury Public Schools as head librarian. She also ran the family farm, worked at Artistic Woven Labels of Holdrege, Nebraska and KSNWK of Norton, Kansas for 2 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary, Lion's Club, and served on the election board at Republican City. She received her 30 year pin in 1990 from the Democratic Party and was a volunteer for CASA, Caring Cupboard of Alma, United Methodist Women Thrift Shop and mission projects.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Delton Ray Coe, son Norman Coe, brothers Robert & Leoren Smith.

She is survived by her sons David Coe of Alma & wife Marlene Coe of Simi Valley, California

                                          Richard & wife Brenda Coe of Alma, Nebraska

                            Husband: Kenneth Johnson of Beaver City, Nebraska

Grandchildren:  7                 Great Grandchildren: 5

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Viewing & visitation will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 10 AM till 8 PM at the funeral home and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Beaver City, Nebraska with Pastor Lawrence Francis, officiating. Interment will be at the Alma Cemetery, in Alma, Nebraska. Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.