Mary Jayne Kosteva, a retired dental hygienist, died Friday at her Ventura home. She was 72.
Born Sept. 29, 1925, in Evanston, Ill., Kosteva spent most of her youth in New Orleans and Mobile, Ala.
During World War II, she met and married Navy Lt. George O. Cooke II. The couple had two children, Nancy and George, before Cooke's death in a 1949 Navy plane crash off San Clemente Island.
She went to dental school at the University of Southern California and in 1952 became a hygienist, her career for 40 years.
Two years after beginning her career, she met and married Michael Kosteva. The couple had a daughter, Kathleen.
Mary Kosteva lived in Ventura for seven years and was a member of Community Presbyterian Church. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, sewing, listening to the radio and taking vacations to Hawaii.