of Ypsilanti, MI, Formerly of North Carolina & Clarkston, MI, age 67, died March 31, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI. She was born April 28, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of James H. and Barbara L. (Krem) Cowen.  Beth lived an adventurous life and had wide ranging interests and skills. In high school, she was a standout athlete and became the first woman at Clarkston to have her basketball jersey retired. She continued playing basketball and field hockey at Central Michigan University while earning a teaching degree. After graduation, Beth embarked upon a variety of careers in Michigan, California, Florida, and North Carolina, including teaching and coaching, residential construction, raising greyhounds, working in health care as a hemodialysis technician, and her favorite passion, as an artist and painter under the name Elisheva Channah. She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener, always providing amazing produce to friends and family. Beth had a strong faith in God.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two brothers, Mark (Ginny) Cowen of Chelsea, Eric (Tami) Cowen of Holland; eight nieces and nephews, Joshua (Emily Laidlaw) Cowen, Stephen (Jennifer) Cowen, David (Cassandra) Cowen, Caroline (Antonio Riva Palacio) Cowen, Laura (Andy) Imdieke, John (Becky) Cowen, Anne (Jake) Schipper, and Jenny (Mike) Rodgers; and a score of great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her aunt Doris (Jack) McElwain.

Beth and her family were grateful for the love and care that her friends and neighbors gave her during the final weeks of her life.

Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Clinic, 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

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#7 Jane Richard Jones 2021-04-02 19:45
I am so saddened to hear of Beth’s passing. I have very fond memories of many fun times at basketball practices and games, when we were teammates at Clarkston High School, for several years.
Beth was a superb athlete and very tolerant of we teammates that did not live up to her skill level..always joking and smiling. She made us look so much better than we were..she carried the team, with fun and hard work.
Very sorry for your loss, Mark and Eric.
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#6 Judy Johnson 2021-04-02 16:46
Remembering you everyday as I look at the beautiful painting you did that hangs on our wall. I remember your kindness and your beautiful smile. You have been in my prayers. May you forever know God’s peace.
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#5 Bruce Franson 2021-04-01 13:13
Condolences, Mark and Eric and family. I remember Beth and am glad she continued to have a strong faith in God. May she rest in the Lord's loving arms.
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#4 Mary van der Velde 2021-04-01 08:30
Beth was an original and unique spirit who followed her dreams and lived her life the way she wanted to. She was funny and generous, and she will be missed by those who were lucky enough to know her.
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#3 Val McMurtrie 2021-04-01 07:26
My thoughts and prayers are with Beth's family. She was a good neighbor, and I liked talking with her. She will be missed as I would see her walking when I was walking in our neighborhood.
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#2 Cynthia George 2021-03-31 18:51
Mazel Tov Beth! Go with God!!
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#1 Sonya Puskas 2021-03-31 18:26
We became friends through a web site and then I decided to visit Beth's homestead for a weekend and stayed friends. She was strong willed and direct but had such a sensitive heart. Rest in peace Beth.
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