COX MARY LOUISE COX On Friday, November 23, 2012, Mary Louise Cox of Annandale, Virginia died peacefully at INOVA Hospital and entered into eternal life with her Lord Jesus Christ. She was 88 years old at the time of her death. Born Mary Louise Martin on May 23, 1924 in Duluth, Minnesota to Horace B. Martin and Emma Surrat Martin she grew up in Minnesota together with her younger brother Edwin F. Martin. Growing up during the Great Depression the family lived for many years at their cabin on Lake McGregor in Northern Minnesota. As World War II broke out, like so many young women she made her way to Southern California to work as a riveter in the defense industry. During those years she met a young Navy Chief Electrician's Mate, Milton James Cox, and they were married in 1946 in Bremerton, Washington. His last assignment was as an instructor at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center which led in 1947 to settling in Chicago with her grandfather and two great-aunts. As a homemaker during the twelve years in Chicago, five of her seven children were born. In 1959 she and her husband moved to Southern California with their family and settled in Whittier. The last two of their seven children were born in Whittier. She was a strong person of faith and as a Christian had found a lifelong spiritual home in the Episcopal Church. She was very active at St. Matthias Church in Whittier and later served as Treasurer of St. Joseph's Church in Buena Park under the ministry of Bishop Edward S. Little. She was very active and a lay leader in the Episcopal Cursillo Movement in Southern California. In 1991 she moved to Northern Virginia and lived first in Fairfax and, later in Annandale. Her life was filled with service to others with a ministry to special needs women as a Housemother with Wellspring and at the Little River Glen Retirement Community. Her golden years were filled with travel, bridge, golf, hockey games, family and friends. She is survived by her children, Brian (Ann) Cox, Craig (Valerie) Cox, Tana Maples, Maureen Challenger, David Cox and Sarah Parker; by her grandchildren, Clare (Daniel) Rice, John (Rebecca) Cox, Kevin Maples, Cory (Margeaux) Challenger, Sean Challenger, Alyssa Challenger, Taylor Cox, Matthew Cox; one great-grandson, Eric Rice; a younger brother, Edwin F. Martin, and her nephews and niece, Dr. John Martin, and Bob and Gayla Martin. A memorial service and Eucharist will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) in Burke, Virginia on Thursday, December 27 at 11 a.m. The church is located at the corner of Braddock Road and Olley Lane. Her ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with her late husband, Milton James Cox. Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord and may her soul and all the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2012