COX, MARY WORTHINGTON
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Gainesville - Mary Cox died at home on February 14, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born on September 6, 1924 to Amos and Hallie Worthington in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1946 she married Walter Zoecklein, a naval officer and fighter pilot, with whom she had two children: Bruce and Aliesa. She lived in cities all over the US, finally settling in Southern California, where she raised her family. Her husband's life in the military fostered a strong sense of independence that she was very proud of. She made friends easily wherever she lived and enjoyed golf, painting, travel, and bridge. In 1998 she moved to Blacksburg, Virginia to be near her son, his wife Corinne, and her grandson Brice. In 2008 she moved to Gainesville to be near her daughter and her partner, Kathy.
Mary was never happier than when she had a glass of wine in her hand, a good meal before her, and a game of bridge with friends to look forward to. Never fearful of trying new things, Mary bought a computer when she turned 80 and launched herself into the world of the Internet. She enjoyed designing cards and exchanging email jokes with friends. As her mobility lessened, she became an avid online bridge player. A lifelong Episcopalian, Mary was an active member of St. John's in San Bernardino and Christ Church in Blacksburg and since moving to Gainesville, she attended services in the chapel at the Village.
She is predeceased by her parents, husbands Walter Zoecklein and Jesse Cox, and her brother Amos, who died earlier this winter. Mary is survived by her children Bruce Zoecklein (Corinne), her daughter Aliesa Zoecklein (Kathy Navajas), her grandson Brice Zoecklein, and dear friends in Gainesville, Blacksburg, and Southern California.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at the Village on February 26 at 3:00 pm.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2013