Marjorie Jean Cox, 87, of Riverbank died Friday, May 23.
She was born in Robinson, Kans. to Lucy (McCorkle) and Harley Dunlap and was raised by her mother, Lucy and grandparents, Sarah and Alfred McCorkle.
She was married to Clarence Cox for 68 years. They lived like newlyweds up until his passing in 2011. She and her husband traveled the United States following his work as a master electrician until 1960 where they settled in Riverbank.
She and her family owned and operated Charolais Steakhouse and Granny’s Kitchen in Riverbank for several years. She made regionally renowned pies that people would come from miles away to enjoy.
Mrs. Cox and her husband enjoyed flying planes when they were younger. She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, board games and camping with her family. She attended church regularly at Bethel Church in Oakdale. She rarely had a cross word to say about anyone and rarely complained about anything. She took life as it came without demanding anything or letting things get to her.
She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Stephens, Bobbi (Terry) Smith, all of Riverbank, Connie (David) Nelson of Scappoosse, Ore., Carol (Billy) Smallwood of Coarsegold; sister, Joann Soden of Pasco, Wash.; grandchildren, Crystal, Mark, Richard (Rick), Doug, Kim, Robin, David (Joe), Brian, Carl, Michelle, James, Justin; step-grandchildren, Julie and Robin; 35 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Clarence Cox; son, Albert Larry Cox; grandson, Allen Smallwood; nephew, Paul Cox; and niece, Shirley Soden Dickinson.
Viewing was on June 2 at Lakewood Funeral Home. Graveside services were held June 3 at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery, Hughson, followed by a celebration of life potluck at Bethel Church, Oakdale.
Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
June 4, 2014