Margaret Ruth Erickson Cox, passed away at the South Lincoln Care Center in Kemmerer, on Sept. 6, where she resided for the last 17 years. While there she was loved and cared for by the nursing staff who became her friends.
She was born on Jan. 24, 1937, in Lyman to Grant and Clarissa Ann (Bond) Erickson. She was raised on the family ranch in Robertson, and attended school in Robertson and Mountain View.
She married Howard Walter Cox on June 16, 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple. He preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 1999.
Margaret loved her family and sacrificed her own needs, wants and time to assure they had everything they needed. She enjoyed camping, pack trips and any outdoor activities that included being with her family. Although she had a stroke at age 50, she was still active and was the first one ready to go.
Even when the years started taking their toll, Margaret was still ready for an adventure. She is locally known as the bingo queen, as evidenced by the prizes decorating her room. Although her circumstances weren’t the best, Margaret was always cheerful, happy and upbeat — and she loved decorating her room with things that were bright and colorful.
She was a member of the LDS church, serving faithfully in various callings during her earlier years, and she could be found at church service each Sunday. Keeping her temple recommend current was important to her right up to her passing.
She is survived by her children, Shauna Ruth (Ken) Walker of Lyman; Jesse Cox of Salem, Oregon; and Carrie Jean Byrne of Colorado. Margaret has 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard; an infant son, Ray Dean; a son, Howard Grant Cox; a daughter, Linda Kay Beach Woody; and a grandson, Joseph Quinton Walker. Her parents, Grant and Clarissa Erickson; a brother, George Keith Erickson; and three infant sibling boys also precede her in death.
Funeral service will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Lyman LDS Stake Center in Urie. Viewing will be on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m and on Wednesday one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Interment will follow in the Evanston City Cemetery.
Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.