Barbara J. Cox

Born: Sun., Feb. 5, 1933
Died: Wed., Jul. 24, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jul. 27, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Jul. 27, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Barbara J. Cox, age 86, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield.  She was born on February 5, 1933 in Huntingdon, PA to Denny and Katherine Boley Mock.  She married Freddie “Leroy” Cox on April 9, 1954 in Philadelphia, PA, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2014.

Barbara graduated from Huntingdon High School in Pennsylvania.  She went on to work at a mental health hospital for a year before joining the United States Navy, where she served as a Navy WAVE and was awarded WAVE of the Year in 1952.  After her Honorable Discharge from the US Navy, Barbara married Leroy and they started their family.  She later worked at the Work Activity Center in Pittsfield and retired after 25 years of service.  She was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church and part of the Madonna Group.  She was also a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152, the Old Orchard Country Club, and a past member of the Detroit Christian Church.  In earlier years, Barbara enjoyed golfing, working in her yard, and “cutting a rug” with Leroy.  She liked puzzles and reading.  She had the biggest heart for animals, especially her dogs and adopted any animal that came across her doorstep.  

She is survived by her sons, Steven (Jennifer) Cox of Pittsfield, IL, Brian (Ann) Cox of Minneapolis, MN, and Joe Cox of Mt. Sterling, IL; a daughter, Kellie (Rob) Capps of St. Charles, IL; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie (Matthew) McNealy of Bethalto, IL, Jason (Grace) Cox of San Francisco, CA, Justin Cox of Brentwood, MO, Amy (Mike) Cox of Minneapolis, MN, Deidre (Bill) Higgins of Pleasant Hill, IL, Clayton Capps of St. Charles, IL, Chad Capps of Orland Park, IL, Ashlee (Bart) Lynam of South Elgin, IL, Zachary Lindsey of Winchester, IL, Dalton Lindsey of Pittsfield, IL, and Braden Lindsey of Pittsfield, IL; eight great grandchildren; a niece, Kathi Masterson of Austin, TX and multiple nieces and nephews through marriage; and her chihuahua, Lilly.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Leroy; her parents, Denny and Katherine Mock; brothers, Robert Mock and Thomas Mock; and many beloved pets.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Pike County Animal Shelter or Blessing Hospice.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  

Charitable donations may be made in Barbara's memory to the following organizations:

Blessing Hospice

Pike County Animal Shelter

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