Mary Lou (Bejot) Van Doozer, 82

Mary Lou (Bejot) Van Doozer was born September 30, 1936 in Ainsworth, NE to Jesse F. Bejot and Leah Ida Primmer. She grew up in Ainsworth with her five siblings: Francis Edwin, Dennis D., Lorideen May, Victor Calvin and Lewis Eugene. She attended all 12 years of schooling in Ainsworth and graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1954.

Following high school, Mary Lou moved to Denver, CO attracted by the excitement and independence of living in a bigger city. She lived downtown, working secretarial jobs. Shortly after moving to Denver, Mary Lou met and married Robert Lee Van Doozer. They moved to Thornton and then Arvada and had four children - Gina Lee, Chris Alan, Corey Jay and Scott Lewis. In the 1970’s, Mary attended and graduated paralegal school, eventually working for Holland and Hart in downtown Denver for 12 years. Mary and Bob were divorced in 1981 and with her new found independence, she pursued a new direction in life as a business owner and restauranteur in 1991. Owning and managing the Arvada EggShell was her pride and joy of her life accomplishments. She became highly active in the Arvada civic community as a founding member of the Festivals Commission and participated on the Board of Historic Olde Town Arvada working toward the revitalization of Olde Town. Under her direction, The Arvada EggShell won the Pride of Arvada Favorite Breakfast Place in 2002 and Business of the Year in 2005. In 2008, Mary won the prestigious Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honoring individuals whose traits and character typify an exemplary entrepreneur.

Mary retired in 2012 and lived at her home in Arvada until December 2018 when she moved to Parker Senior Living in Parker, CO to be closer to her sons, Scott and Corey. Mary passed away in her residence on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

She is survived by her brother and sister, Dennis (Janet) and Lorideen (Norman); daughter, Gina DeArcos (Phil); sons, Chris (Kathy), Corey (Michele) and Scott (Lori); six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held on February 28, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Ainsworth, NE with Pastor David Randall officiating the service. Instrumental music of “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” was provided by Sherry Campbell. Special CD selection of “Hallelujah” by Lindsey Stirling was also provided. Pallbearers were Gina DeArcos, Phil DeArcos, Chris Van Doozer, Corey Van Doozer, Scott Van Doozer and Travis Van Doozer. Burial followed at the Ainsworth Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit

Susan T. Glerum, 61

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Susan T. Glerum, age 61 of Brewster. Susan passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at her home near Brewster.

She is survived by her husband, Rolf of Brewster along with other family members. Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth is assisting with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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