Ellen Marie Cox

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SAGINAW -- Ellen Marie Cox, aged a remarkable 101, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at her daughter Rayleen's home in Saginaw.

She was born Aug. 28, 1917, in Big Rapids, the daughter of John and Barbara (Kett) Dinkel. Ellen married Raymond J. Cox on Nov. 7, 1936, in Big Rapids. They made their home in Martiny Township, where they owned and operated a farm for many years.

Ellen worked many jobs outside the home and farming. She worked at the A&P Store, the glove factory and Berglund Furniture Factory. She also worked in food service, at both Big Rapids High School and Ferris State University. Ellen was a custodian at the Mecosta County courthouse and cleaned several private homes in the area. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and caring for her grandchildren.

Following her husband's death, and at the age of 72, Ellen moved into her daughter Kathleen's home in Kalamazoo.

Ellen lived a long and meaningful life. She made a lasting impact on her family and most of the people she came in contact with.

She is survived by two daughters, Rayleen (Tom) Lawler, of Saginaw, and Kathleen Thomas, of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Randy (Krista) Martiny, Cindy (Gregg) Sanders, Meghan (John) Aird, Xavier (Olivia) Lawler, Haley (Billee) Parker and Hannah Thomas; great-grandchildren, Heather (Rob) Dennis, Bobby Porter, Sandra (Greg Ayuk) Porter, Olivia and Nathan Sanders, Lochlan and Wilder Aird, Lillyana and Isabella Fila and Jaxon and Zayne Parker; great-great- grandchildren, Lydia, Kallen and Evieann Dennis and Mekhi Ayuk.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond J. Cox; an infant son, John Raymond Cox; her daughter, Joyce Ann Martiny; her granddaughter, Sandra Martiny; her brother, Fredrick Dinkel; and two sisters, Bertha Uher and Alma Zorovich.

Funeral services will take place at noon Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids with the Rev. Kaye Ferguson-Patton officiating. The family will greet friends from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Burial will take place at Highland View Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Ellen's name may be made to either Called to Serve of Troy or the Oakland Adult Day Services in Portage.

Share a memory or condolences with the family at daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Big Rapids Pioneer on Jan. 12, 2019