NEWTON - Julia Ann Cox, 82, of Newton, widow of William M. Cox, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at home.
Mrs. Cox was born Jan. 8, 1930, the youngest of 14 children of John and Barbara Sebastian (Szucs) of Franklin. She attended the Franklin public schools, graduating from Franklin High School in 1947. Upon graduation, she was employed by Arthur D. Wilcox, county clerk. The county clerk at that time employed many typists since all documents had to be copied, then proofread or "compared." She typed chattel mortgages and other documents and also made the record of hearings when the county clerk or deputy clerk sat as county adjuster.
On June 14, 1952, she married William M. Cox, a young lawyer with the firm of Dolan and Dolan, Esquires, of Newton. In February of 1953, Mrs. Cox terminated her employment and became a full-time housewife.
A devoted wife and loving mother to her four children, Mrs. Cox served in various volunteer positions over the years, including the March of Dimes, the Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and others. She was a volunteer worker at Newton Memorial Hospital and a director of the Newton YWCA when it was located on Main Street. In addition, Mrs. Cox was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts for a few years and also helped with Girl Scouts (Brownies).
In 1970, Mrs. Cox had the first of three operations on her back, which seriously hampered her activities thereafter. Nevertheless, she continued to be active in the Presbyterian Church until the Rev. L. Rodney Boaz retired and she was the co-chair of Rev. Boaz's retirement dinner. Thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Cox started to attend the First Baptist Church of Newton and became members in 1982. Mrs. Cox continued her church involvement, working in the kitchen for church dinners and also serving as a member of the Board of Deaconesses.
Mrs. Cox was predeceased by her husband, William M. Cox, on Dec. 30, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Trautman and husband, Ned; son, William M. Cox Jr. and wife, Barbara; daughter, Joann Cahoon; daughter, Julieann Allen and husband, Greg; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the First Baptist Church in Newton. Interment will be held in Newton Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at church.
Memorial donations may be made to Global Serve International/Asia Project, 2102 S.W. 47th Street, Cape Coral, FL 33914-6739. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com