Linda "Beryl" Van Winkle Cohen died on Monday, Dec. 4 in Springdale. She was born Jan. 23, 1939 in Port Chester, New York and moved to the Arkansas Ozarks in 1987.
She lived a unique life and loved every animal she ever met. She traveled for a time in a reclaimed school bus and she once lived in Florida, where quite actually, she sold sea shells down by the sea shore. She loved all gifts from nature and kept a fine fossil collection.
In her later years, Cohen bred miniature horses and at one time owned a herd of 20. Some of the horses she bred were beautiful and all were well loved and cared for. She was proud one of her sold horses went to live in Ireland. Another won a Grand Champion title at the Oklahoma Miniature Horse Association show. Her happiest days were spent mucking out horse stalls and blowing air into the nostrils of all the mares and stallions and their foals.
Cohen is survived by her partner of 15 years, Linda Lovell; three children, David Tewksbury, Brien Tewksbury and Claire Cortright; her daughter-in-law Lisa Tewksbury; and grandchildren Ashley and Mallory Tewksbury and Chay and Kate Cortright, all of New York state. She is also survived by her brother David Van Winkle and her sister-in-law Tita Van Winkle of South Carolina. Her friends at the Ozark Land Holders Association in Northwest Arkansas and in Eureka Springs will miss her. She was grateful for the fine care she received from the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.
When she read obituaries, Cohen always wondered what caused the death of each person, so all should know she died of complications from lung cancer and emphysema, four years after her cancer diagnosis. She wanted to remind everyone who smokes that smoking kills and was the direct cause of her death. Please, if you smoke, stop now, not only to save yourself, but for the sake of your family and friends.
Arrangements for cremation were made by Moore's Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville. No visitation or funeral is planned but a memorial service will be held in the spring. Anyone desiring to contribute in Cohen's name may send donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at <http://www.aspca.org>.