Dara Gwen (Mennis) Cox, after a valiant 6 year fight with breast cancer, peacefully left this earth to travel back home to heaven on March 9th, 2014. She was in a room at KC Hospice House that was packed full of family and friends who loved her dearly. She had her hook attached to all of our hearts and took a little piece of each of us with her. She will be missed by all of us, but especially by her two surviving daughters, Savannah (Anna) Cox; Gabriella (Abby) Cox; mother Judy Oetting; stepfather Vaughn Oetting who all lived together in Levasy, MO; her sister Mary Pettet & husband Timothy (KC); her brother Jim McFarlane & wife Cheryl (Buckner, MO); Tim Cox was her husband, father to Anna and Abby and a friend to the end; nephew Erik McFarlane (world traveler); niece Megan Covert (Parkville); nephew Trevor King & family (Belinda, Raylene & Makala) (Buckner); and her "infinity gang of sister-cousins" Jayne Hartwig, Susie Munson, Felice Prine, Tanya Sargert, Trish Hernandez, Natasha Switzer; and a multitude of other much loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Derril Mennis; sister Julia Miles; grandfather Leonard Sherman; grandmother Charlotte Sherman Godfrey and step grandfather John Godfrey. Dara was a member of Osage Hills Community of Christ. Her memorial will be held at Village Heights Community of Christ Church on March 23rd. Visitation will be 2-4 PM followed with a service from 4-5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anna and Abby's educational fund at www.gofundme.com/HonorDara If you have questions contact Ruth Farrand Cox at 816-650-5813

Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 20, 2014