Anne Iris Cox

Anne Iris Cox

AGE: 89 • Manahawkin

Anne Iris Cox, of Manahawkin was born on September 4, 1923, in McCulloch County, Texas, the 5th of 9 children born to Samuel and Pearl Phillips. She was a beautiful towhead that everyone called "Dimples," until she grew into a beautiful young woman. During World War II the Army opened Camp Bowie to train troops for the war in her home town of Brownwood, Texas, and while working on the base PX, she met and fell in love with a handsome Corporal named James Joseph Cox. When he was ordered to another post they quickly married and she returned with Joe to his home town of Bayonne, New Jersey. She remained married to Joe for 57 years until his death in 2002. She was a fun loving woman who loved to joke and laugh and quickly became a much-loved member of the extended Cox family while she raised a family of her own. She was the proud and devoted mother of six children, James, Elizabeth, Richard, Donna, Mary Louise, and Patrick, and doting grandmother to eleven grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She worked hard all her life, was devoted to her family, and still she always brightened every room she was in with her mischievous wit and ready laugh. She was loved by her children, her grandchildren, coworkers, and everyone who spent any time around her during her long career in the food business. Her love and devotion, her faith, her amazing strength and perseverance through hard times, and her constant laughter, even to the very end of a difficult illness, will be desperately missed by her family while at the same time they will always take inspiration from the incredible example of her life.

Those who remember her include her children, son James, and his wife Elizabeth, of Brick, NJ, daughter Elizabeth (Beth) and her husband Charles Baccaro, of Manasquan, NJ, son Richard and his wife, Delphine, of Manasquan, NJ, daughter Donna and her husband Eugene McCourt of Brick, NJ, daughter Mary Louise and her partner Rhonda, of DelRay Beach, FL, son Patrick and his wife Laura McAllister Cox, of Manahawkin, NJ, her grandchildren: James, Catherine, Brian, Kevin, Tara, Thomas, Rique, Lester, Jesse, Jillian and Ethan; and her great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Grace, Lily, Sonny, Julia, Robert, Aiden, Donna and Madelynne, and her beloved brother Sam Phillips and sister Nelda Gilliam.

Visitation will be at O'Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick, on Monday from 6-9pm, with a funeral mass at Church of the Epiphany on Tuesday at 12pm. Committal will be private. For more information, please visit

Funeral Home

O'Brien Funeral Home
505 Burnt Tavern Road Brick, NJ 08724
(732) 889-8600

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 18, 2012