TEMPEST FAYE COX
July 7, 1931 ˜ February 6, 2021
Our mother Tempest “Faye” Cox left this earth Feb. 6, 2021, and entered heaven into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ. Faye died at Discovery Nursing and Rehab in Vancouver, WA, from COVID-19 related illness. Mom was diagnosed with dementia in her later years but lived a life full of family and friends. She was born in Danville, IL, July 7, 1931, to Forrest and Elizabeth Shaw. She had two brothers, Harold and Jim, and two sisters, Lily and Hazel. She married Joseph “Creed” Cox, our dad, March 13, 1948, in Vancouver. Together they raised their six children in “our” house on Garrison Road.
Mom enjoyed doing so many things in her life. She was a homemaker. As her children and grandchildren grew, she was there for baseball games, school plays, girl scouting events, planning birthday parties and cooking for everyone. She held down the fort and took care of all us kids, with the help of her sister, Hazel, who mom dearly loved, while dad worked out of town.
She even worked for a time at Crown Zellerbach, Del Monte Cannery, and Dairy Queen, when dad was off work with a back injury. Mom worked at a Christian day care for many years.
Mom accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior in 1972. She loved going to church, ladies Bible study, and retreats. She loved to sing and harmonize with her daughter, Karen, and sister, Hazel, and at church. She sang songs to her children when they were growing up, and we still have fond memories of those times.
She was a Mariners’ fan. She bowled for years on women’s bowling leagues. She played Canadian Rummy with Creed, brother, Harold, and sister-in-law, Mildred, son, Mike, and her mother, Elizabeth. Mom lived at the Vintage Senior Independent Living Apartments for seven years. There she enjoyed social activities, served on committees, went on outings, and had so many friends. Mom was her happiest when she was with her family enjoying her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Faye is survived by her children, Karen L’Amie (Frank), Mike Cox, Bob Cox (Audrey), Terry Cox and Joe Cox (Shelly); and sister, Hazel Ivie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Creed; son, Mark; and grandson, Brian Conner. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to the nurses, aids, and staff at Discovery Nursing and Rehab of Vancouver, for caring for mom.
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