Mary Brown Cox
August 24, 1927 - May 9, 2020

Mary Brown Cox

Mary Brown Cox
Aug 24, 1927 - May 9, 2020

Mary Brown Cox
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Mary Wood Brown Cox, age 92, of Quincy, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 in the Good Samaritan Home.

She was born August 24, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of W. Edwin and Florence M. Egan Brown. On June 28, 1952, she married James L. Cox in Quincy. He preceded her in death
on February 12, 1999.

Mrs. Cox graduated from Quincy High School, Monticello College, and Knox College, with a Bachelor's degree in teaching. She was a member of First Union Congregational Church.

Survivors include her sons: William L. Cox and his wife, Kim, and Richard T. Cox, both of Quincy; three grandchildren: Elizabeth (Chris) Gosney of St. Louis, MO; Laura (Joe) Starnes, and W. Andrew Cox, all of Quincy; two great grandchildren: Liam and Brenli Starnes of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Sarama Schnack and Elisabeth 'Biz' McConnell; and daughter-in-law, Patricia L. Cox.

Private Funeral Service: To attend the service remotely, please join us on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. by clicking the following link:

Private Burial: Woodland Cemetery

Memorials: First Union Congregational Church, Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs (c/o United Way of Adams County), or Blessing Foundation for Hospice.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

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Michele and Jim Merkel on May 25, 2020

Dear Cox family - we are so sorry on the loss of your mother. Jim and I extend our deepest sympathy to you all. She was such a sweet and classy lady and such a dear friend to mom. I understand they have been friends for 85 years! She will be missed. God bless.

John & Betty Gebhardt on May 15, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We didn't know Mary well, but she was appreciated.

Anna Pepin on May 12, 2020

Mary was such a classy woman. I met her in Zumba classes at the Kroc. She was always well put together with her beautiful smile and smartly dressed. She loved to stand right in front and was always friendly and sweet. May God grant you peace. Mary will be sorely missed!

Maria Bichsel on May 12, 2020

Mary will always hold a special place in my heart. I first met her at the YMCA in my aqua aerobics class. Later she would attend my Zumba classes. She always lit up the room with her smile. She would get tickled when I would play her favorite song "Proud Mary". She was an inspiration to all who were blessed to know her. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Sending much love

Sue Merkel on May 12, 2020

Bill and Richard,
I have loved and enjoyed a friendship with your Mom since we were in second grade and I feel blessed that we were able to continue our friendship living in the Good Samaritan Cottages and the Home at the same time. Richard , I want to thank you for bringing your Mother to see me. You both brightened my day. I am going to miss Mary and cannot say enough kind words about her. She was a truly amazing lady and I know she is in Heaven watching over me. My prayers are with your families during this difficult time.

Jane Burton on May 12, 2020

Mary will never be forgotten. Her smile, kindness, generosity and the many stories I got to hear from her about her childhood growing up with my Mom . When I would go see her at the home, she was always interested in what I was doing and often added good advice. I will truly miss her but I know she is rejoined with her family and friends. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Danni McCarthy Simmons on May 11, 2020

Cox family, your mom was such a delightful lady. Prayers to your family.

Janelle Dolbeare on May 11, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. She was always kind a sweet

Sue Robbearts on May 10, 2020

So very sorry to hear this. Mary was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She will be missed.

Sunny Straub on May 10, 2020

I was truly sorry to learn that Mary had passed. She was a woman with great dignity, kindness, and warm heart. My sincere sympathy.

Fern Whitley on May 10, 2020

To Mary' family! Please except my deepest sympathy. It was such a joy to know Mary for over 20 yrs! She was a pleasure to be around. She was a wonderful, Christian woman! She truly was a great sister! I will always remember her & the many talks we had! RIP Mary I wiill miss you. Fern Whitley

Katherine W Pollard on May 10, 2020

Such a beautiful, loving and caring Christian!

Keith Frank on May 10, 2020

Bill and Richard,

Your Mom was always the kindest person and radiated the sweetest demeanor! She was a fixture in the Congregational Church as I was growing up and was a part of my relationship with your whole family. I can easily remember your grandmother, grandfather, your dad and mom as being a part of the foundation of my life. I know you are grieving but she is rejoicing in heaven with your Dad, grandparents and sisters. I can only hope your memories of her can help to fill the void of missing her here on earth. Blessings to you all.

Keith Frank

Dan Trower on May 10, 2020

Prayers for you all in this time. She was truly a wonderful woman

William Spear on May 10, 2020

Julie Inghram on May 10, 2020

Bill and Richard and family, I just learned of Mary’s passing this morning and want to extend my deepest sympathy. Mary was so sweet and such a smart lady. I was so happy to reconnect with her and Biz through church and loved that they both could come out to the horse barn for the church fall festival. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Julie

Teresa Pickle on May 9, 2020

My family extends it's prayers to the family, we recall Mary's bright smile and devotion while we attended First Congregational Church. May God grant you peace and support during this time. The Earl Myers Family

Marilyn Vincent on May 9, 2020

Bill, Kim, & Richard - I am so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your families. Marilyn Vincent

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