In Memory of

Frances Cox

Full Name: Frances M. Cox
Date of Birth: October 25, 1934
Date of Death: April 9, 2020

Service Information:
A Private Graveside Service At Cuba Cemetery

Frances “Francie” Marie (Burton) Cox passed away peacefully at the age of 85, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba.  She now lives in her heavenly home and will forever be with her Lord and Saviour.

Frances leaves her husband Marcus; daughters Cindy Wright and husband Bob, and Lori Eddy and husband Jim; grandchildren Jennifer Barrick, Matt (Becky) Essex, Mike (Erin) Eddy, Amanda (Tyler) Rector, Jessica (Chester) Ruff, and Mark (Alyssa) Eddy; great-grandchildren Hannah, Emma, Michael, Grady, Logan, Matthew, Ryan, Claire, Nathanael, Kaley, Piper and Kate.  Frances was proceeded in death by her son Randy, her parents, and brother Don Burton.

Frances was born October 25, 1934, the daughter of Alva and Bertha (Blair) Burton.  She grew up on a farm west of Cuba and attended country school through 8th grade.  She graduated from Cuba High School in 1951 and worked as a bookkeeper at Nimmo’s Ford Garage in Cuba until 1958.  Frances was introduced to Marcus Cox, February 1957, by his brother George, at a square dance in Cuba.  It was love at first sight and they have been dancing ever since.  They were married on August 10, 1957 at the Cuba Christian Church.  Frances was a homemaker, but her greatest joy was being a mom to her daughters.  She later worked part-time at Spoon River Library.  Her love of reading was passed on to many children, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Frances will most be remembered by how she shared her faith in Christ with others and how she truly lived out that faith.  She was a faithful prayer warrior, studied God’s Word, attended church regularly, helped others by sending cards and providing meals to those who were sick or suffering loss, transported children to Vacation Bible School, and taught Sunday School for many years.  She was a member of the Smithfield Church of the Nazarene and loved her church family.

Frances will also be remembered by how much she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.  She treasured her family being gathered in her home, especially on Christmas Eve.  Many special Christmas Eves were spent with her parents, brother and his family, and then in later years with just her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Frances also deeply loved her precious Burton and Cox families.

Frances loved people and that was evident by all the dear friends she came to love throughout the years.  Her friends are too numerous to list, but if you knew Frances, you were her friend.  

Frances loved to read, crochet, cook and bake.  Many folks enjoyed her delicious goodies.   Frances also cherished hearing her daughters play the piano.  She loved hymns and Christmas carols being sung by her family gathered at the piano.

A private graveside service will be held at Cuba Cemetery, Reverend Dean Potts officiating.  A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Smithfield Church of the Nazarene for youth church camp scholarships, Spoon River Library, and Clayberg Nursing Home Activity Fund. To send online condolences visit

The family would like to thank Cuba Clayberg Nursing Home staff, Red Oak Estates Memory Care staff, Grant Keime nurses and staff, and in-home caregivers for their dedication to Frances’ care.  The family also thanks those who visited and prayed for her during difficult times and Henry-Lange Memorial Home for their special accomodations.

From: Jane WilliamsApr 11 2020 1:24PM
So sorry to hear this.  Marc and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Jane WilliamsApr 11 2020 1:24PM
So sorry to hear this.  Marc and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Clarice & AllenApr 11 2020 1:30PM
I was so sorry to learn of Frances' passing.  I have missed seeing her and Allen.  The Clayberg residence and staff have been in my daily prayers because of this virus.  I know you have a LOT of wonderful memories.
From: Lori Harper (Hendryx)Apr 11 2020 4:26PM
I am sorry for ur loss! I remember the good old days living next to u guys!, she was a super loving person!!
From: Kelli Kinsel CanevitApr 12 2020 2:35PM
Lori I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s passing but we both know there is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus! May you have comfort knowing what a joyful reunion is happening now in heaven!  My prayers with all your family, love and friendship, Kelli
From: Judy howardApr 12 2020 6:57PM
Sorry of your loss Francis was such a joy. My heart goes out to you all
From: Judy howardApr 12 2020 6:57PM
Sorry of your loss Francis was such a joy. My heart goes out to you all
From: Sheryl WalkerApr 14 2020 6:36PM
So sorry to see the passing of your Mom. She was always so sweet when ever I saw her. Lori you and your family will be in my prays.
From: Bob & Nancy ThomsonApr 15 2020 2:08PM
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Mom always loved to visit with  Frances  since they went to school together when they were young and neighbors.  Take care and know that our hearts and thoughts are with you during this sad time.
From: Alcinda and George CraftApr 16 2020 11:45AM
We are sad for you and your family
From: Elizabeth HainesMay 3 2020 1:03PM
Marcus, Cindy and Lori, I am so sorry to hear of your sweet Mother's passing. She was a sweetie, I used to see her and your Dad, out shopping at Walmart or the grocery stores and they would always stop and talk a little while. I'm truly saddened to hear of Francie's passing. She will truly be missed.
Sending you All thoughts, prayers, and my most sincere sympathy and condolences to you and yours. Fly High Miss Francis Cox, God Bless.
From Beth (Ault) Haines

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