Elementary Education student dies in car crash

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Emily Susanne Cobbs, a senior elementary education student at SHSU, died in a car accident on Interstate Highway 45 on Saturday.

Cobbs was driving south on the interstate that morning on her way to work at Bentwater Country Club, in Montgomery, when her truck lost control and rolled twice.

Mary Ann Dibbern, Cobbs’ best friend and co-worker at Bentwater Country Club, said she had spoken to Cobbs around 11:50 a.m.

“She was supposed to be at work at 11, and she was worried because she was running late, but she said she was going to be there around noon,” Dibbern said.

“She was wearing her seatbelt, and she wasn’t speeding. I told her not to rush,” Dibbern said. “She was going to pick up lunch at Taco Bell on her way, and she was going to call me to get my order.”

Dibbern said she started to worry around 2 p.m. because she hadn’t heard from Cobbs. She called the police and spoke to an officer who said there was a woman involved in an accident.

After describing Cobbs’ appearance, as well as her truck, a maroon Dodge Ram, Dibbern said the officer was still unsure if the woman in the accident was Cobbs because no identification had been found.

The officer asked for descriptions of items Cobbs had in her truck, and Dibbern told him about a black wig that Cobbs had in her truck that she had planned to wear on Halloween.

The officer told Dibbern he would call her back, but he never did. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dibbern received the news of her friend from Cobbs’ parents, John and Deborah Cobbs.

“The first thought that came to my mind was, how am I going to do this without her? School and work-we do it all together,” Dibbern said.

The exact cause of death is still unknown, but an autopsy was conducted. Cobbs did not have identification on her, so her identity was unknown until friends and family confirmed descriptions of the truck, items in it and Cobbs herself.

Cobbs graduated from Langham Creek High School in Houston, and she had one 14-year-old brother named Brian.

At SHSU, Cobbs had just joined the honor society for education majors, Kappa Delta Phi, and was a member of the honor society Alpha Lambda Delta her freshman year. She wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher.

Dibbern said she met Cobbs at school, and they became best friends.

“She was just a very good-hearted person, always willing to help everyone,” Dibbern said. “She helped me make it through because I was very stressed out. She was able to stay on top of her work and school and still go out and have fun.”

Cobbs was also an animal lover. She had a cat named Toby that she loved very much.

“Toby was her baby,” Dibbern said. “She was just a very good hearted person, very strong, and just an amazing person.”

Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Klein Funeral Home in Tomball on West Main and Highway 249. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the same location. She will be buried at Klein cemetery.

The Cobbs family has asked that any donations be sent to the Rita B. Huff Humane Society, at 418 Bearkat Blvd., Huntsville, Texas, 77340.