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Cookie Besta

October 28, 2016

Leona I. “Cookie” Besta, 70, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Rossville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rossville.

She was born May 29, 1946 in Topeka, the daughter of James Harold “Vern” and Georgia Mae Shields Spiker.  Cookie graduated from Highland Park High School.

She graduated from cosmetology school in Topeka and was a beautician for many years.  Cookie later worked for the Kansas Department of Revenue until her retirement.

Cookie was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Curtis “J.C.” Spiker.

She was united in marriage to Bennie Besta; they later divorced but remained close friends.

Survivors include her son, Richie Besta, Topeka; three daughters, Cindy (Karl) Kelley, Rossville, Patti and Stacy Besta both of Topeka; four sisters, Carol (Ted) Montgomery, Berryton, Cindy Spiker, Ottawa, Pat Spiker and Misty Snyder both of Topeka; grandchildren, Haley and Dalton Kelley, Rossville; several nieces and nephews.

Cookie was cremated.  A memorial visitation will be Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Inurnment will be in the Rossville Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Avalon Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association and sent in care of the funeral home.

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15 thoughts on “Cookie Besta

  1. Cookie we have always be friends we have always had good times you will always be missed now its time for you to go chill with you mom ,dad, grandma, and lil brother. Always had a place in my heart!!!

  2. I love you Aunt Cookie we will always love and miss you but you will never be forgotten. I wish you could have meet all my babies and I am sorry didn’t visit more often but I will never forget the times that we spent together Always & 4-Ever Heather Marie Stallard (Snyder)

  3. My sympathy to the family. May the personal memories the family and friends have be a source of comfort, and may the promises that God gives be your source of strength and hope. (Acts 24:15; Psalm 37:29) “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” – Psalm 46:1.

  4. I use to care for your mom in Rossville. I loved working with her and she brpught a smile to my face. Sorry for your loss! She was a beauty

  5. Ritchie, Cindy, Patty, Stacy
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother, I have happy memories of her growing up in Delia. You all are in my family’s prayers.

  6. I worked with Cookie at Revenue for years. She would even pick me up and give me a ride to and from work daily for quite awhile. She was a fun person to work with.
    It took awhile for her and I to realize that my niece and her niece were best friends. Then we felt related.
    I am very sorry for your loss. She talked about her family all the time. May she rest in peace and be happy now.

  7. Cindy, Patty, Stacy and Ritchie
    I’m sorry to hear of Cookie passing. I remember her as being one of the cool mothers growing up in Rossville. I hadn’t seen her in years but always enjoyed talking with her when our paths crossed. May she rest in peace.

  8. So sorry to hear about Cookies passing. Remember meeting her when I worked with Carol at Mainline, then again when I married into the Rossville community and got to know the “Besta” family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers throught this difficult time.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Especially Haley and Dalton, two grandmas in five months. Bless your hearts. Love to you all!!!

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