Mary Elizabeth Cox, 92, formally of Champaign, IL and Granbury, TX was called home to eternal peace at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday (January 20, 2021) at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells.
She was born on August 11, 1928 at Mercy Hospital in Urbana IL, a daughter of Raymond J. and Mary E. (Bess) Truitt. Mary married Leonard L. Cox in Champaign, IL on August 5, 1946, and he preceded her in death on March 20, 2019 after 72 years of marriage, as did her parents, her sister Margaret Anne Truitt, her son William J. Cox, and daughter Mary Beth Muehling.
Survivors include two sons, John R. Cox of Granbury, TX and Michael L. Cox of Broadlands IL; two grandsons, Jeff Davis and Mark Cox and two granddaughters, Lori Barnett and Ruth Hite; three great-grandsons, Mason Davis, Payton Davis, and Barack Hite, and four great-granddaughters, Lacey Uhyrek, Maddie Davis, Riley Hite, and Maleah Hite; one great-great-grandson Paxton Uhyrek and one great-great-granddaughter Kinley Uhyrek.
Mary graduated from Champaign Central High School. She worked in many jobs over the years to help support her family. She retired from her position at Granbury Hospital in Granbury, TX.
Mary was devoted to her husband Leonard and loved spending time with her family. She took much joy in family life and was a focus point in keeping her family together and communicating. She had deep love for her mother and father, and spent much time keeping in contact with relatives scattered over the United States. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the sporting teams that she followed, especially Illini Basketball and Football.
A memorial of remembrance and inurnment will be held at a later date.
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