A former Glenwood Springs and Redstone resident was killed Friday in a plane crash in Texas.
Phyllis Bein, 76, and her husband Tom, of Drake, Colo., were killed on impact when their single-engine plane slammed into a coal conveyor belt at a West Texas power plant.
Tom and Phyllis were high school sweethearts. They graduated from Longmont High School in 1939, and didn’t see each other for the next 56 years. After both were widowed they became reacquainted over the Internet. They were married Oct. 25, 2001, in Drake.
“It was such a romantic story,” said Phyllis’s daughter, Kathy Gibson, of Phoenix.
Mrs. Bein was born Sept. 2, 1925, on the family farm near Berthoud, Colo. She graduated from Longmont High School in 1939 and married Paul E. Davis on Oct. 13, 1944.
They moved to Glenwood Springs in 1960. Their three children, Rick, Ed and Kathy, grew up in Glenwood Springs and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School.
During the 1960s, Paul Davis operated the Stop Shop, a jewelry store located on Sixth Street across from Sioux Villa Curio, where Elk Mountain Motors is now located. Phyllis worked at the Hotel Colorado and the Hotel Denver, and was an agent for Continental Trailways back when the depot was located next to the Stop Shop. They were both active in the Elks Lodge, where Paul was the charter Exalted Ruler.
They later bought a home on the Crystal River between Redstone and Carbondale. The couple traveled and worked part-time in the wholesale jewelry business beginning in the late 1960s.
Paul Davis died on Feb. 13, 1995.
Tom Bein’s first wife died of cancer in 1986.
After being reunited, Tom and Phyllis fell in love again, said Gibson.
“They flew everywhere,” she said. “They went island hopping in the Caribbean and were constantly on the move. You never caught them at home because they were constantly flying.”
Gibson said family friends have made comments that the story had a tragic ending.
No, said Gibson. “It was a romantic, happy ending,” she said.
Mrs. Bein was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Harry Rice; by sisters Ruth and Harolyn; and by grandson Scott Martin.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Gibson; by sons Rick Davis of Carbondale and Ed Davis of Phoenix; by a brother and former Carbondale resident Bob Rice, now of Grand Junction; by a sister, Barbara Weaver, of Littleton; and by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Tom Bein, whose family established Berthoud National Bank in 1892, was the former mayor of Berthoud. He served as superintendent of the Longmont turkey plant and operated a farm implement company. He is survived by daughters Laura Emerson of Englewood, and Margaret Prochaska of Evanston, Wyo.
Services for Phyllis Bein will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Farnum-Holt Chapel in Glenwood Springs. A reception for friends and family will follow from 2-3 p.m., at the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.
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