Waneta Fae Cousins

January 18, 1932February 12, 2021

Waneta Fae Cousins (known to many as Wanie) of Boulder, Colorado passed away due to heart complications on February 12, 2021 with her three children by her side.

Waneta was born to Ralph and Ada Jackson on January 18, 1932 in Whitley County, Indiana. She was raised on a farm along with seven siblings (Estel, Harry, Bernice, Ken, Argle, Hulleta and Tom) where her chores included milking the cows, collecting eggs and working in the fields. She attended Larwill High School in Larwill, Indiana then went to Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana where she majored in Elementary Education. She went on to complete a Master’s in Elementary Education from Ball State University in 1965.

While at Anderson she met the love of her life, Jack Cousins in 1952. They were married in 1953 and remained each other’s best friend until his passing in 2009. They moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1967.

Waneta began her teaching career in 1953 in Alexandria, Indiana and taught lower elementary children until she retired in 1987. In Boulder she taught at Mapleton, Burke, and Aurora 7 schools. She truly touched the future of so many through her teaching.

Waneta’s greatest joy was her family with whom she enjoyed many outdoor activities. Almost all family vacations involved fishing. Some of her favorite trips were horseback riding into the Grand Tetons and Rawah Wilderness area and fishing in Canada and Alaska as well as many other states. She enjoyed skiing and was very easy to find on the mountain because of the bright orange ski hat she loved and was proud to tell you that it was from France! The family used to say she got the most out of any slope because she always turned back up hill so as not to go too fast. She and Jack went to Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity to build homes, where she learned to say “mas concreto por favor”! They also helped in the building of the Colorado Trail. She loved going on rides on her horse, Willow. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to play the piano (especially the old hymns).

Waneta attended Calvary Bible Church in Boulder where she was involved in various women’s bible studies. She loved going to the church once a week to fold the bulletins with a group of ladies, “the folders”. She loved the Lord and strived to walk with Him since the days of her youth.

Waneta is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack, both parents, her grandson, Matthew and five of her siblings. She is survived by her three children, Mike (Betsy), Mark (Jane), and Laura Webb (Tom), her seven grandchildren, Jake and Emily Cousins, Sarah and John Cousins, Megan Koepsell, Amy Borger, Todd Webb, and four great grandchildren, Riley, Josie and Lucy Borger and Will Koepsell.

Her family will miss her dearly but rejoice in the fact that she is now living at peace with God and reunited with Jack.

There will be a memorial service for immediate family in March. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to: Denver Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 5206, Denver, Colorado 80217 or Calvary Bible Church (Bushes for landscaping), 3245 Kalmia Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301.


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Betty Aldrich

February 24, 2021

I loved both her and Jack. They were such sweet people. the conversations as they folded bulletins were priceless. She shared many memories and I have many memories of her coming to my craft shows . She was a special lady and I will miss seeing her but she is with Jack now and they are praising the Lord together.
Betty Aldrich

Norma Inestroza

February 23, 2021

Mrs.Cousin was my third grade teacher at Aurora 7 , she had so much pacience although I could not speak english, she was very nice, and understandig, I dtill remember her and I am 45 years old.
Rest in Peace.

Kevin Meyer

February 21, 2021

She was an amazing teacher. From the amazing field trips to writing letters to our favorite Denver Bronco, she was always encouraging engagement among her students. Hands down the best teacher I ever had. Rest in peace Mrs. Cousins.🙏

Jaime Vazquez (Gonzales)

February 21, 2021

My memory of Mrs cousins is she was my 3rd grade teacher at Aurora 7. She Would wear skirts of every year she had a class she would have them decorate her skirts to remember her classes. I remember making figures from dove soap and weaving when we were learning pioneers and Indians. I HAVE often thought and wondered about her. She was a loving teacher. I am happy to know she loved the Lord so I now know she is in heaven. God bless her and her family.

Cory Goheen

February 20, 2021

My grandmother (who cannot type anymore) Kay Rice requested that I share just how dear Waneta was to her for many many years. She cherishes her memory and loved Wanieta so dearly.

Kathy Nichols Longo

February 16, 2021

Mike, Mark and Laura,

My condolences for the loss of your wonderful Mother. She was so gracious and a terrific hostess. I have lots of good memories of family get togethers at your house.


Kathy Nichols Longo