Mary Alice Cox, age 82 of Ava, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 in Cox Health, Springfield. She was born February 11, 1930 the daughter of Francis Luin and Clara Mae (McDaniel) Haden. On July 17, 1947 she was united in marriage to Ruben Cox at Mountain Home, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Tom, her parents, a niece, Mary Beason, a sister, Modena Cox, a brother Aubrey Haden.
Mary leaves behind her daughter, Katie Barnes and husband Randy of Fremont Hills-Nixa; three grandchildren Amanda Adams and husband Jared of Fremont Hills-Nixa, Justin Cox and wife Ashlea of Marshfield, Jayson Cox and wife Theresa of Springfield; three great-grandsons Dawson and Jaydon Cox and Cooper Adams, and an additional Adams great-grandbaby due in December.
She is also lovingly survived by three sisters Lenore Burton, Betty Jenkins and Freeda Richards all of Ava; three brothers George Haden and wife Ethel, Olympia, Washington, Jim Haden and wife Irene, Sparta, Jack Haden and wife Bonnie, Republic; two sisters-in-law, Mae Cox and Myrl Cox; one brother-in-law, Joe Cox all of Ava; two very close friends, Sharon Jenkins and Jo Kate Crafton. Mary also dearly loved her nieces, nephews, caring friends and good neighbors.
You were our best friend, our hope and inspiration, our singer, our jokester and our cherished Grandmother. You loved God and your entire family. You enjoyed feeding your birds and watching baseball games, entertaining small children, growing spring flowers, family gatherings and singing with your sisters. You also enjoyed eating at Fred’s Fish House, getting new shoes, watching Judge Judy on television and having a coke. You took on every sacrifice and never complained about your own disability. Your personality never allowed you to think of yourself first, you always hid your physical pain with your laughter and keen sense of humor. You were our light through life with loving arms, a warm smile and lots of hugs and kisses. This world was a better place because you were here. Your tireless strength and faith guided you through the painful grief and sudden loss of your beloved husband Ruben and son Tom. You were a good wife, a wonderful mother, loving sister, special aunt, a superior friend and now you are a new angel. We already miss talking to you on your cell “a” phone and being able to count on you for returning our love. But early this morning God closed your precious eyes and He miraculously healed your crippled little hands and body. We give thanks for your honest life, your loving heart and all the wonderful memories we can share forever.
So for all the happiness and comfort you brought into many lives I want to say one final “THANK YOU” to my Momma and our Me-Me. We will miss you dearly!
Your Loving Daughter,
Graveside funeral services for Mary were held 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 9, 2012 in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Ava, Mo. Visitation was held 2 to 5 P.M., Sunday, July 8, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Donations may be made to Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Box 154 RR 4, Ava, Mo. 65608. On line condolences and a complete obituary may be shared at