Daisy M. Cox
Daisy M. Cox, 99, of Bluffton passed away at 8:58 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton. She was born on April 13, 1914 in Adams County to J. C. and Amelia Augusta (Aschbaucher) Augsburger. She was married on October 3, 1937 in Adams County to Raymond Cox.
She started sharing her love for music and taught piano and organ lessons at the age of 13. In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” And it was through music that she spoke with her family, her friends and her community. It was through playing and singing in church events that she met her husband, Raymond Cox. They raised a family with an appreciation of music and played and sang together through a long successful marriage, whether it was a church or the Wells County Men’s Chorus. As a piano teacher, she introduced literally hundreds of Wells County youth to the joy and expressiveness of music. It was as a performer for countless events that she came to meet and know her community. And it was those connections, with the young and with her community that defined the joy of her life. To quote another, Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.” That was not her. It was through music that she brought and found joy in her life.
She graduated from Hartford Township High School in Adams County. She worked as a secretary for Cline Lumber for 15 years and was the church organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton and the Bluffton Rotary Club and was a past officer of the Bay View Book Club. She also volunteered for many years playing the piano at area nursing care facilities.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Dr. Joseph) Wind of Niles, Michigan; son, David N. (Pam) Cox of Memphis, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Emily Cox (husband George Dudley) of Memphis, Tennessee; Lauren Cox of New Orleans, Louisiana; Brian Newell of Logansport; and John (Angie) Newell of York, England; two great-grandchildren, Tom and Chloe Newell of York, England; and a sister, Beulah Parrish of Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on October 16, 1988; and two brothers, Homer C. and Norman D. Augsburger.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on June 22 at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Rittenhouse. Burial will be at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton.
Memorials may be made to the Wells County Creative Arts Council.
Arrangements provided by Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.