Geneva M. Cox

Geneva M. Cox

Geneva M. Cox

September 17, 1926 - April 18, 2008

Geneva M. (Ginger) Cox, 81, former long-time resident of Medford and Central Point, Ore., died Friday, April 18, at home with her daughters by her side. She was a positive force and a tremendous inspiration to her family and her many friends through the course of her illness. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ginger was born at home in Mt. Vernon, Wash., and was the only child of Philip A. Burgess and Nellie E. Iles Burgess.

After graduating from high school, she sold fine jewelry, learning a great deal about the trade. She loved to go to the USO dances during WWII, as was the custom of the time. When she was 20 years old she moved with her family to Medford, Ore., where she met and married the love of her life, Lewis J. (Louie) Cox, on March 20, 1947, after a three month courtship. Ginger and Louie were best friends and enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, and raising their two daughters together. During the years before they retired to Brookings, Ore., Ginger owned and operated a variety store in Central Point for several years. She also sold real estate. She and Louie worked side by side, building several homes in which the family lived. She was quite adept with a hammer and nails as well as being the architect. However, her main and most important job title was wife and mother. Ginger and Louie were married just three months shy of 50 years when Louie passed away in 1996.

Ginger moved to Corvallis in the autumn of 1997, where she began an new phase in her life. She quickly became involved with Corvallis Newcomers Club, serving as president for one year and volunteering in other capacities. She especially enjoyed her Newcomers Book Club. She became a member of St. Mary's Church and volunteered her time embroidering infant baptismal garments. She was a volunteer for the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, at one time working Coffee Cart, and assisting in the Puppet Shows. She particularly enjoyed her Friday afternoons working in the Good Sam Gift Shop. Ginger, a creative woman, enjoyed oil painting and pine needle basket weaving. She was an avid reader and loved puzzles, never missing the daily crossword and Sudoku. Molly, her little dog, was a faithful companion for the past ten years.

Ginger is survived by her daughters, Susan Shcnebly, of Corvallis, Pamela Coulter, of Gold Hill, Ore.; sons-in-law, Larry Schnebly, Joe Coulter; four grandchildren, Joshua Alter, Elizabeth Schnebly Hayward, Samantha Alter Zahniser, David Schnebly; and was known as GG to great-grandchildren, James, Levi, Grace, Avery, and Bella Geneva.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Corvallis, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Benton Hospice Services, 2350 NW Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330.

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