Barbara Cox, 89, Beloit
BELOIT – Barbara Ann Cox was born on July 21, 1931 in Scandia, Kansas, the daughter of Carl and Esther Johnson Hammer. She died Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Resident Care Center in Beloit, Kansas at the age of 89.
She grew up and attended school in Scandia, where she later graduated from high school.
In 1951, she was united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, Don Cox, and they were privileged to spend 67 years of marriage together until his death in April, 2019. Four children were born to this union, Dana, Doug, Dallas, and Dee.
Following their marriage, she got her first taste of farm life when they inherited an abandoned farm house, and proceeded to clean it up themselves. As a team, she and Don were able to work hard to run a successful farming operation and raise their family.
Barbara also stayed very active in her spare time with Pollyana Club, Pawnee Mental Health, serving on the election board for many years, as well as serving as the treasurer for the Scottsville Community Church. She was also the first female school board member for Beloit public schools as well as the Beloit Technical College.
Don and Barbara were a fixture at many high school sports activities throughout their years watching their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They would also enjoy attending games even if they had no family participating at all. They always considered teammates of their children and kids that they coached as part of their extended family.
In addition to her husband Don, she was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dana; her grandson, Parker Reames; and two sisters, Joyce Hammer and Iona Tuley.
Barbara is survived by her sons, Doug Cox and wife Kris of Beloit, and Dallas Cox and his wife Linda of Beloit; her daughter, Dee Reames and her husband Curtis of Jamestown; grandchildren, Brent Cox (Jaime), Brandon Cox (Katie), Courtney Folllis (Clayton), Savanna Cox, Caydren Cox, Carson Cox, Brandee Jordan (Tracy), Spencer Reames (Jennifer), and Colson Reames; brothers, Hilton Hammer (Donna) of Minnesota, and Bill Hammer (Nan) of Maine; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 AM Saturday, August 22 at the Roberts Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2-7 PM with family present from 5-7 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Solomon Valley Hospice, Post Rock Humane Society, or Scottsville Community Church. Roberts Family Funeral Services, Beloit, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.robertsfamilyfs.com