Virginia Elizabeth "Beth" Coles, age 26, of Union Bridge, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home. Born April 30, 1990 in Columbia, she was the daughter of Charles M. Coles Jr. and Mary Jeanne Wehland Coles of Union Bridge.
Beth was a 2008 graduate of Glenelg High School where she was a member of the chorus, the concert choir and had been an AP scholar. She attended Howard Community College, studying to become a veterinary technician. She enjoyed working as a veterinary technician, and recently started a new position specializing in veterinary dentistry. She was an active 4-H member and was involved with the Howard County Fair in numerous activities.
She was a beloved daughter and would enjoy climbing a tree to read. She loved living and working on her family farm, especially helping in the hay field. She loved animals, especially her two dogs and cat and enjoyed raising her Southdown sheep. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Beth was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, West Friendship, where she was active in the youth group. She had been chief judge of elections in Howard County.
In addition to her parents she is survived by maternal grandfather, Granville Wehland of Ellicott City; paternal grandmother, Ruth A. Fisher of Sykesville; sister, Katherine Coles of Union Bridge; brother, Charles M. Coles III of Union Bridge; aunts, Janet Boyce and husband Steve and Linda Adams and husband Brett; and uncle, Matthew Wehland and spouse Joe Lynch.
The family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 6 E. Broadway, Union Bridge, on Monday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. and at St. James. United Methodist Church, 12470 Old Frederick Rd.
Marriottsville, on Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church, Marriottsville with her pastors, Rev. Pat Abell and Rev. Lynne Humphries-Russ, officiating on Wednesday April 26 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Marriottsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard County 4-H Allstars, c/o Margie Eyler, 18 Grimes Ct., Mt. Airy, MD 21771.
We want to thank all at Hartzler Funeral Home for taking such good care of our loved one, after he passed last month. The pleasant and compassionate, yet professional manner in which you handled everything was greatly appreciated. May God bless you for the peace you bring to grieving families.