Ruth Louise Cox, 91 years old, of Orlando, Florida went home to Heaven Saturday April 8, 2017, to be reunited with her Husband of 56 years, Robert H. Cox, Sr. Ruth was God's faithful servant and she loved her family. Everyone who knew Ruth loved her. They were drawn to her generous spirit, kindness and humor. She was a life-long friend to many and often a mentor for younger women. Like her namesake from the bible, Ruth is a Hebrew word meaning companion, friend, beautiful to behold. Apt words to describe our mother.
Mom had many talents she cultivated throughout her life. In the kitchen, she became an accomplished cook as anyone who attended our parents' parties would forever remember her crab imperial served in real sea shells, meatballs cooked in grape jelly and twice baked potatoes. And, so as not to forget us children, the cookies she made from extra pie dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and baked in the oven. Any visitor to our home was always given whatever she could throw together in a moment's notice and a large dose of lively conversation.
She turned her hand to painting pictures of birds and could turn out a Jackie Kennedy dress and jacket or a Japanese kimono. Her little secret was her initials she'd sew on the inside of every outfit.
She absolutely loved to shop. She shopped it all, jewelry, shoes, clothes and handbags. But in all things she was economical at heart. While anyone else would pay $100 dollars for one outfit, Mom didn't consider it a bargain unless she could get 5 outfits for the same price. Even a trip to the restaurant was all about the bargain. Mom would be holding a buy one get one for equal price coupon. But for her the challenge was to talk you into buying the bargain item instead of just admitting that she had a coupon. This made for many frustrating meals with her. But, of course these memories are the funny things we remember about her.
Ruth was not one to dwell on the past nor was she very sentimental. Rather she took each day as it came and made the best of it. And she did it with a spirit of optimism and determination. She loved people and she loved her friends and family. No one could do more than that in this life.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:10-31)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:14-17)
Ruth is survived by her three children, Robert H. Cox, Jr., Linda Louise Cox and William Stewart Cox, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Shirley Bartnick, Barbara Jones and Marylou Squires.