Mercedes Josefina Cox
1947 - 2016
BORN
1947
DIED
2016
Mercedes Josefina Cox

Bonita Springs, FL

Mercedes Josefina Garcia Cox, of Bonita Springs, FL died peacefully in her home, on August 4, 2016, at the age of 69 years.

Mercedes is survived by her children, Stephanie Ann Crabb of Tampa, FL and Kenneth Joseph Cox of Fishers, IN; her four grandchildren, Benjamin, Abigail, Mercedes and Elliott; her always-devoted ex-husband, Michael Cox; and a loving family of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Mercedes, "Nena" to her family, was born on March 15, 1947 in San Tome, Venezuela, the youngest of seven children to Aquiles and Abigail Garcia Gruber. Adventurous and ambitious, Mercedes commenced studies at Georgetown University setting her sights on a degree in business. At that time, and unknown to Mercedes, Georgetown did not admit women to the school of business. Not to be discouraged, Mercedes transferred to St. Louis University where she was one of four women to be awarded a business degree in her graduating class. It was there, she met Michael, married in 1968, and began her family.

Mercedes devoted herself to family and community for many years. Always present at school, the pool, the gym, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, she was a powerful force of creativity, organization, resourcefulness and fun. Everything and everyone she touched was made better.

A vibrant professional life was always her destiny. She was one of the first employees at Vera Bradley Designs, instrumental in establishing its culture of excellence in design and service to customer, partner and industry; charting its path to growth; and giving back through her contributions to the founding of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The sounds of the ocean and the feel of the sand in her toes called her to Florida in 2000 where she quickly found a home at Ave Maria University. Again, she found herself in a "startup" as one of the first employees at the Florida campus where her skills, talents, energy, faith and love for the mission brought her great joy.

Mercedes passed away peacefully in her home after a brief battle with an unrelenting cancer, in the loving care of family, friends and a compassionate team from Hope Hospice.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on August 20, 2016 at the Ave Maria University Oratory, with a luncheon to follow at the Ave Maria Student Union Ballroom. Father Matthew Lamb will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mercedes' life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds are being established with the Vera Bradley Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.
Published by Naples Daily News on Aug. 11, 2016.
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LA nena fue una gran persona, amable, colaboradora divertida!!!! Tengo hermosos recuerdos de viajes junto a su querida hermana Helga, fué un privilegio compartirlos.Dios te tenga en su Gloria
Mercedes Monteverde
Friend
August 5, 2020
Rest in peace dear gentile, generous Mercedes. I will cherish forever all our girl chats but especially hold your Spirit in my broken heart. We had such memories..hanging ornaments on the sandal xmas trees last year, trying to find which receipes we'd cook together, revelling about your Picasso sculptures..okay [they aren't the real deal] you kept saying. How empty the world is without you...

God bless your family.

linda pearle lacher & michael sacknoff
Linda pearle Lacher
August 29, 2016
Dearest Mike, Stephanie, Joe and Families, Our hearts have been breaking, as we just heard of beloved Mercedes' untimely passing. She was ALWAYS an angel to everyone she met, and most certainly to us and our family, in her earthly life...and we know that she will be a treasure in God's Heavenly Kingdom! Our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers surround you at this very difficult time! We will be with you in spirit tomorrow as you celebrate her amazing, invaluable life! In Deepest Sympathy, Sharon and Steve Pierce, Courtney, Brittany, Brad Ashley and Families
August 19, 2016
Offering my condolences to Mercedes family and friends for your loss. May you find a measure of peace in knowing that God understands your grief and he cares for you.
He will give you comfort, strength, love and all you need to endure the days ahead. ( Psalm 46:1)
Esther
August 18, 2016
August 17, 2016
Mercedes ( Merce ) Monteverde
August 17, 2016
Mercedes ( Merce ) Monteverde
August 17, 2016
Getting to know Mercedes through working together at Vera Bradley , we had a lot of fun and some wonderful experiences together. My sympathy to her family as she will be missed by all. May God Bless her.
August 16, 2016
May God grant her eternal peace and consolation to her loved ones

Vinny T., AMU class of 2010
August 16, 2016
Your mother was a joy on our drive from Pt. Byron to Carmel several years ago. We were talking so much we missed the turn in Bloomington, IL and the GPS didn't turn us in the correcting right direction. Another adventure! She was a delightful travel companion!

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Janet Burke Dissauer
Janet Dissauer
August 16, 2016
So sorry to hear of Mercedes's passing! She deeply inspired the person I hope to be one day. May she rest in peace always.
Rose Luminiello
August 15, 2016
Rosemary Bell
August 15, 2016
We were so saddened to hear of Mercedes passing. Our memories of her are rich and thankful for having known her. She was always cheerful, striving to do her best, tender-hearted,with a good sense of humor and a friend. She had a good sense of style and was articulate in her designs for us. We are ever so grateful for having Mercedes cross our path in life and will hold warm and loving thoughts in our hearts. May the Lord bless your loved ones and comfort them knowing you are safe in His keeping.
Cindy & Mark Kemp-Gerstel
August 15, 2016
Our sympathy to Stephanie, Joe and Mike. Many good memories. Mercedes was a lovely lady.
Max and Beth Stroble
August 15, 2016
Mercedes Monteverde
August 15, 2016
Cristina Garcia
August 14, 2016
Cristina Garcia
August 14, 2016
Siento mucho la pérdida de la querida Nena, para sus hijos,nietos,hermanos,sobrinos,amigos....les envió mis más sentidas condolencias.Paz a su Alma
Mercedes Monteverde
August 13, 2016
Cristina Garcia
August 13, 2016
Cristina Garcia
August 13, 2016
Cristina Garcia
August 13, 2016
A beautiful and remarkable lady ...this news is a shock to the McCaffreys, who were the beneficiaries (like so many others) of her thoughtfulness ...our condolences from the heart to Mike and the children----Roger and Priscilla
August 13, 2016
María E Toro
August 13, 2016
María E Toro
August 13, 2016
All the faculty and staff at Ave Maria University are saddened by Mercedes' death. We are setting up a memorial on the campus in gratitude for her many years of cheerful assistance in so many procedures at our new university. A constant refrain when anyone had a question was "Ask Mercedes, she will know!"
Here is a photo of Mercedes with Matthew Levering, Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Lamb
Fr. Matthew Lamb
August 13, 2016
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