Mary Elizabeth Delhommer Cox
Mary Elizabeth Delhommer Cox went to be with her Lord and Saviour on July 7, 2014.
She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Armand Delhommer on Jan 25, 1926.
Affectionately known to her friends as "Mary E", she was popular and outgoing and captivated a room with her smile. She took pride in her French Cajun roots and had her ancestry dated back to early 1600's France.
She grew up in Jackson and graduated from Central High in 1944. She later received her bachelor's degree from Belhaven.
While in her 20's she moved to New York City where she graduated from Parsons School of Art and Design. She was a member of the Mississippi Arts association and was a winner of the Crisler award for outstanding achievement in art. While in New York City she also modeled for various agencies.
Later she moved back to Jackson and worked for Sinclair Oil. In 1955 she took a summer off with her mother, father, uncles and aunts and traveled Europe. She always spoke fondly of that trip with her family.
A few years later she met the love of her life. While at a party in Jackson a man named Justin Cox was playing the piano. Even though he had a date he spotted her and was smitten and it was love at first sight. They were married in April 1958.
The couple moved to Jackson in 1963 where she was busy raising 3 young children.
She was actively involved in her church, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. Each Easter she always banked the Easter lilies. She was also an accomplished painter and one of her paintings of the Christ is displayed in St. Catherine's chapel. She also enjoyed her time with her monthly bridge club.
In 1984 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought that and won. She would later have two more bouts with cancer and each time fought it successfully.
She and her husband loved to travel and took numerous trips in their motor home. Some trips included Alaska, Colorado and frequent trips to Cotter, Arkansas and Destin, Florida. While on these trips she painted landscapes and portraits in watercolor.
In 2005 she and her husband moved to St Catherine's where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a wonderful mother who instilled Godly values in her children and grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Justin Lamar Cox Sr.; her children and grandchildren: James Oliver Cox IV and his wife Hope of Ridgeland MS and their children Nathanael Oliver Cox and Haley Kathleen Cox; Allyson Cox Davis and husband Ricky Davis of Madison MS; Justin Lamar Cox Jr and wife Colette of Madison MS and their children; Justin Lamar Cox III "Trey", Christopher Travis Cox, Adeline Grace Cox and Maxwell Scott Smith.
The family would like to thank all the nurses and caregivers at St Catherine's along with Ridgeland Hospice for their care.
Visitation will be 5-7pm Tuesday July 8, 2014 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland and 9-10am Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Galloway United Methodist Church. A funeral service will follow at 10am Wednesday in the church sanctuary. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.
The family also asks that donations be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic, 1515 Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77030 and/or The Alzheimer's Foundation Mississippi Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Published in Clarion Ledger from July 8 to July 10, 2014