Melbourne, Fla. — Beverly Cooley, 81, formerly of Windsor, Vt., passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 17, 2014, surrounded by her close family. She was born in Claremont, N.H. on Sept. 13, 1932, the daughter of (coach) Omer and Eva Rousseau. She attended St. Mary’s High School and the University of New Hampshire.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years Lt. Col. Carroll Cooley, USAF (ret.); and sons, Stephen Cooley and wife, Susanne, Michael Cooley and wife, Mary, and John Cooley.
During her 23 years as an Air Force wife she accompanied her husband at many stateside and overseas assignments. While stationed at Clark AFB, Philippines she traveled throughout the far east. And while stationed in Keflavik AFB, Iceland she traveled in Europe.
Beverly gave freely of her time and efforts to worthy causes. For example, while at Offutt AFB, NE, she read law books for a blind college student who eventually became a practicing lawyer. In addition, she did charitable activities through the officer’s wives’ clubs.
In 1978, she opened her own store, Fabriganza, a fabric store in Claremont, N.H. In 2008, she and Carroll moved to Melbourne.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.