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Virginia Lee Cox, 88, of Bugtussle, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at her home.
Virginia was born on Dec. 21, 1928, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Alpha Alfred Nix and Lowell Orma (Mahan) Nix. Virginia was three years old when Alfred died. Her mother then married Irving Tate Sr., whom she considered her dad.
Virginia married Bonnie Curtis Cox on May 16, 1949. They moved to Wilburton in 1962 where they finished raising their family. They lived in Wilburton until retirement in 1991 where they established their home at Bugtussle.
During her years working outside the home, Virginia worked as a medical laboratory technologist at hospitals in Hope, Arkansas; Carthage, Texas; Lonestar, Texas, and Wilburton.
She is survived by her three children, Brenda Painter and husband, Ted, of McAlester, Sue Anthony and husband, Sam, of Bugtussle, and Steve Cox and wife, Joy, of Sheridan, Arkansas; grandchildren, Tracy Anthony, of Batesville, Arkansas, Kimberly Brakhage and husband, Dale, of Seminole, Curtis Cox, of Tulsa, and Katelyn Cox, of Sheridan, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Madelyn Anthony, Brad Brakhage and Patrick Brakhage; great-great-grandson, Kendall Brakhage, and her brother, Irving Tate Jr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, and other family and a host of church friends.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Curtis Cox, in 2014; father, Alpha Nix; mother, Lowell Orma Tate; step-father, Irving Tate Sr.; sister, Mirion Garbett, and, daughter-in-law, Karen Cox.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the excellent care team at Southeast Hospice. Your compassionate care and love far exceeded our expectations.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Grace United Methodist Church in Krebs, Southeast Hospice in McAlester, or a charity of your choice.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 29, at Chaney's Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mimi Kelley officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Published on August 29, 2017
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