Marie Lucille Cox, 83, a resident of Ferndale, Calif., died on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at her home.

She was born Dec. 16, 1925 at Baileyville, Kan. to Roy and Hazel (Skinner) Walters,

Marie grew up on a farm near Wamego, Kan. and moved with her family to Washington state in 1941. She attended high school in Mossy Rock.

Marie met Calvin Jordan Cox and they were married in 1944, shortly before Calvin left to serve in the Pacific during WWII. After Calvin's return, the couple had a son, David. They started a hog farm near Sunnyside, where their second son, Leonard was born.

In addition to being a farm-wife and mother, Marie was active in First Baptist Church in Sunnyside, the local garden club and her children's 4-H projects. Marie worked at a doctor's office and the Sunnyside Library.

A skilled seamstress and avid reader, Marie kept busy throughout her life.

Many of Marie's joys were shared with close friends and neighbors, Peggy and Keith Jones. After Calvin's death in 1988, Marie continued to live on the family farm, managing her own affairs and enjoying visits from her family.

In 1996, she joined Leonard's family in Eureka. She moved to Ferndale in 1998. Even at age 82, Marie was still volunteering at the Ferndale Library and Ferndale Museum.

Marie is survived by her two sons, David Serafy-Cox and Leonard Cox and daughter-in-law, Stefanie Cox; two granddaughters, Emily Serafy Cox and Gabrielle Cox; two sisters-in-law, Aileen Wellman and Melva Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Rollo, Elmer and Roy Junior Walters; two sisters, Verna Brunkow and Agnes Locke; and one daughter-in-law, Sue Ann Serafy-Cox.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 528 S. 8th Street in Sunnyside, with memorial services to be held at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 S. 8th Street, Sunnyside. Interment will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Road, Sunnyside, WA 98944.

Those wishing to go online and sign Marie's memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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