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Alberta L. Cox, 83, passed away at her home March 23, 2015. Alberta was born August 7, 1931 the daughter of Joseph Leroy and Aberta W. (Smith) Cox. She graduated from Raytown High School in 1949. Alberta was a noted breeder, owner and exhibitor of the American Saddle Bred horse. She excelled playing and coaching basketball. She belonged to the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the J.L. Cox & Son, Inc. (Pipe Line Stringing Contractor Specialist), Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, was a Democratic State Club of Missouri member, listed in Who's Who In Horsedom since 1953. Alberta coached basketball for 8 years for the Raytown Piperettes, ranked fifth or above in Nation, the first woman to coach a U.S.A. women's basketball team on foreign soil in South America in 1965. She was the coach of U.S.A. women's basketball team in 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg Canada, coach of U.S.A. women's basketball team in 1967 World Tournament in Prague, Czechoslovakia, first woman coach of a U.S.A. Olympic team sport in 1967, coach of U.S.A. women's basketball team in 1969 and 1970 on South American Tour, U.S.A. National women's basketball head coach in 1965. Alberta's playing experience included 20 years on National A.A.U. team and National A.A.U. tournaments ranked 5th or better in the national and participated in two World Tournaments in 1957 and 1964, U.S.A. team member in 1955 through 1965 in International and National completion in U.S.A., Europe, Canada and South America. She received many basketball awards including Life membership in National A.A.U, A.A.U. women's basketball Hall of Fame member, original member of Helm's Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame, Missouri Valley Association outstanding athlete award in 1964, Missouri woman of the year award in 1965, Missouri State House of Representatives, House Resolution No. 42, achievement award in 1965, Marquis Who's Who of American Women and World Notables, National Social Directory, International Platform Association, Personalities of the West and Mid-West, Dictionary of International Biography, the Two Thousand Women of Achievement in 1970, World Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in the Mid- West and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, MO. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a cousin Charles Dehlinger and wife, Sharon of Eureka, Kansas; a cousin, Nancy Nibarger of Castro Valley, CA. and a cousin, David Nibarger of Eudora, KS. Visitation will be Friday, March 27, 2015 from 1 pm until service time at 2 pm at Floral Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow. A lunch reception will follow after burial at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. Arr. D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, (816) 353-1218. Newco
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 26, 2015
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