Maria Beth Coen, the daughter of Daniel Mark and Connie Irene (Roberts) Coen, was born on May 29, 1981 in Creston, Iowa. Beth entered eternal rest on August 15, 2017 at her home in Creston, Iowa at the age of thirty-six years, two months, and seventeen days.
Beth was educated in St. Malachy Catholic School and Creston High School, where she graduated with the Class of 2000. Beth attended Southwestern Community College in Creston and then transferred to Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. She graduated in 2005 with an Associate Degree in Photography. Beth returned to Creston and worked as a Dental Assistant and as a Professional Photographer.
There are some souls on this earth that just seem to shine a little brighter, and Beth was undoubtedly one. As a little girl, Beth could find a stage anywhere and her very presence would light up the room. And as the years passed, not much would change. Beth had a beautiful spirit and a loving heart that held everyone she met in unconditional regard. She was a fighter for love equality for all, and she didn’t know a stranger. She made us laugh with her shenanigans and she made us Brave in ways we didn’t always understand.
Beth was passionate about her photography, and the lens through which she saw the world will forever inspire us. She left so many beautiful pieces of herself in her work. She was a lover of her cats Bootzie and Des and had a heart for animals. She was an avid sports fan and we’ll have no choice but to continue to cheer on her Vikings, and of course the Hawks. We will miss the way she could make the room stand still with her 2nd to none performance of Billy Jean, and have no doubt she is surrounded by a circle of Angels who are right now marveling at her moves.
Beth was a devoted daughter, sister, and Auntie, and she loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews, with all her heart. We are so grateful for the time we had with her. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Beth is survived by her parents: Dan and Connie Coen, Creston; her sister, Sara Coen, Waukee, IA; her brothers: Scott (Kim) Coen, Creston; and Pat (Amy) Coen, Ft. Collins, CO; her paternal Grandmother, Dora Coen, Creston; her maternal Grandmother, Delores Roberts, Creston; her nieces and nephews: Gabe, Griffin, Grant, Keely, Shaylee, Kami, and Brennan; and numerous loving Aunts, Uncles, and many cousins. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn.
Preceding Beth in death was her paternal Grandfather, John Coen; her maternal Grandfather, Ed Roberts; and her cousins, Jill and Jenny Coen; and Benjamin McGrath.