CHILLICOTHE - Ruby L. Cox, 89, of Chillicothe died on Sunday, April 22, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1924, in Benton, Ky., the daughter of Thomas E. and Maggie (Cole) Barker. She married Berthold Cox, Sr. on April 12, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 22, 2002.
Surviving are her children, Berthold Cox, Jr. of St. Peters, Mo., Larry Cox of Chillicothe, Ill., Kenneth Cox of Chillicothe, Ill., Paul Cox of Dawson, Ill., Catherine Cox of Mill Valley, Calif., Susan Shrimpton of Benicia, Calif., Richard Cox of Buffalo, Ill., Cindy (Michael) Bornsheuer of Chillicothe, Ill., George (Dawn) Cox of Colleyville, Texas, Maggie (Chuck) Stroyeck of Simi Valley, Calif., and Robert Cox, whom she made her home with, of Chillicothe, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, David; a granddaughter, Hannah; two sisters and one brother.
Ruby worked in an ammunition plant in St. Louis during WWII, when she met her husband.
She was a member of St. Margaret's Church while in St. Louis, participating in St. Margaret's Kitchen Band.
She was a charter member of the Pearce Community Center in Chillicothe, member of the Red Hats Society, VFW Post 4999 Woman's Auxiliary, and she was proud of her service with the Red Cross, donating over 15 gallons of blood. Ruby was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church for 48 years, volunteering as a room mother, member of the mothers club, worked the church auctions and additional activities to support the church through out the years.
When Ruby found time from raising her children she was a waitress at the Tea Room at the Dolph House and enjoyed bowling in Chillicothe. She was an avid Cardinals fan.
Ruby was a very generous person with her time and very charitable. She was the friendliest person anyone could ever meet and she never knew a stranger.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, Chillicothe, with Father Keith Walder officiating. Visitation will be held at Weber Hurd Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. with recitation of the rosary. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service time at the church. Burial will be held in the Chillicothe City Cemetery at a later date following the cremation.
Memorials may be made to St. Edward School or to Rescue 33.
Online condolences may be submitted through www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.