Connie Cox

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CELINA — Connie Lynn (Sholler) Cox, 68, died peacefully in her sleep, at her daughter's home near Wapakoneta, surrounded by her children, Sunday morning, June 15th, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. after a brief illness.

Connie Lynn was born January 26th, 1946, in Wapakoneta, OH, the oldest of six children, to the late Helen Mae (Sholler) Gallimore. On April 22nd, 1966, she was married to Allen Cox. They were later blessed with 3 children, and would go on to be married for 25 wonderful years, until Allen's untimely death on August 17th, 1992. Their union was a shining example of love, and respect, to everyone around them.

Connie and Allen settled near Waynesfield, Ohio, and for a number of years, owned and operated their C&G General Marathon Convenience Store, in New Hampshire, Ohio. Later on, she owned Country Cargo Gift Shop in Celina, Ohio. Connie, while a private person, was very settled in her Christian faith and beliefs. She led by example, not words. She loved animals of all kinds. More than one raccoon, rabbit, skunk and otherwise stray animal, owed the entirety of his or her existence to Connie's kind rearing over the years. She also cherished her time with her kids and grand-kids. She made sure, on a daily basis, that their lives were enriched by her presence.

Connie was preceded in death, by not just her mother and husband, but also by 2 brothers, Timothy and Joe Gallimore, and her grandparents, Jacob & Anna Sholler.

Connie is survived by Her 3 children, Blaine Randy (Ingrid) Cox, of Endicott, New York, Jennifer (Jerry) Weeks, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Kyle Wayne (Kelly) Cox, of Van Buren Twp, Michigan, a sister, Shirley Ann Degen, of Celina, Ohio, 2 brothers, Jonathon (Dolly) Gallimore, of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Patrick (Cathy) Gallimore, of Wapakoneta, Ohio. She is also survived by her 2 beautiful grand-daughters, Jennifer Ann, & Carly Jo Cox. Also surviving is an Uncle, Raymond Sholler, St. Mary's, Ohio, and 2 very special Aunts, Dorothy (Sholler) George, and Lois (Sholler) Ruhm, both of Crestline, Ohio, both very much like sisters to Connie. Surviving nieces, nephews and cousins abound in both the Sholler and Cox Families. She also leaves behind an 'extra' special family member, Tracy House, of Wapakoneta.

Her favorite pastor, and long-time family friend, Mark Foor, will be conducting her celebration of life, which will take place @ 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, June21st, at The Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501 (Lincoln Highway), Wapakoneta. Additionally, friends and family may call at the funeral home on Friday, June 20th, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service, Sat. Burial will follow in the Walnut Hill Cemetery, near New Hampshire, Ohio, where she will rest next to Allen. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize Co. Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed at

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Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home
1102 Lincoln Ave.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
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Published in The Lima News from June 16 to June 17, 2014