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DOLORES "DEE" COONEY Dolores "Dee" Ellen Cooney, 71, of Boulder City, Nevada, previously from Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away on July 7, 2018, at her home, following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Her family was by her side. She was the daughter of Catherine (Wood) Gavin and Lawrence Wood. She had two siblings. Larry (Val) Wood and Jim (Mary) Wood. Dee was previously married to Ronald Beidel in 1968 and had four beautiful children; Deborah (Lonard) Kindell, Christina Beidel, Erica (Beidel) Zentner, and Michael (Jessica) Beidel. She was incredibly proud of the children she raised. Dee had nine wonderful grandchildren; Kayla, Matthew, Zachariah, Gregory, Ashley, Tristyn, Ashtyn, Lillian, and Isabella. Her grandchildren gave her so much joy and she saw the love and beauty in each and every one of them. Dee also had several nieces and nephews; Somer (Shawn) Earle, Sheadon (Sarah) Wood, Veya Cummings, Jennifer Wood, and Martin Wood. Dee worked at Wausau Hospital in the pharmacy department for 20 years, prior to moving her mother and herself to Boulder City, Nevada in 2000. They built a new life from scratch and loved every minute of the adventure. She opened the Boulder City Curves fitness facility and grew it to a successful business. Later, more clubs were born achieving four locations in two different states. Her passion for helping others was her main drive. With her daughter, Christina, co-owner and partner, they reached many goals and milestones together over a 20 year endeavor! She retired from the fitness business in 2010 to travel. She always enjoyed seeing new places and experiencing different areas of the country. Dee re-married in 2008 to Frank Cooney. Frank had two children; Teri Erickson, and Kim (Steve) Walman, who reside in Boulder City; grandchildren; Amber and Courtney; great-grandchildren; Cherish and Diandre. They shared a beautiful home, loved butterflies, and her sparkling pool. They enjoyed the solar light show in the back yard in the evenings. They traveled to Mexico, California, Arizona, and many other states frequently in their RV, with their dog and faithful companion; Maggie. Dee was an active vibrant lady, constantly on the go. (Energizer Bunny, as some called her), a generous and loving soul! She helped thousands of women achieve better health through her passion for fitness. She crossed thousands of paths and lovingly left her positive mark on this world, which will not be forgotten. She will be missed immensely. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. This is not goodbye, this is until we meet again. We love you, Mom!
Published in Boulder City Review on Aug. 2, 2018
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