Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Mary Pauline (Polly) Whiting Cox, 87, who passed away on July 25, 2013, surrounded by family at the Garrison Geriatric Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Dr. Douglas Mills of First United Methodist Church will officiate with interment to follow at South Park Cemetery.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Pauline was married for 41 years to Wylie B. (Bruce) Cox Jr., who died in 1987.
Pauline is survived by her children: Wylie B. (Bucky) Cox III (Christine), of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Joseph A. Cox (Jannette), of [auth] Roswell; Belinda S. Pratt (Steve), of Apex, N.C.; and Nancy M. Cain (Joe), of Lubbock, Texas. Pauline also leaves behind sisters: Mildred Garms, of Bosque Farms, N.M., Nancy Myers, of Socorro, and Bobby Jane Whiting of Bosque Farms, N.M. Pauline enjoyed following the progress of each of her nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and took pride in their accomplishments, whether it was school, sports or learning life’s lessons.
Pauline grew up in Roy, N.M., and attended Eastern New Mexico University, where she met Bruce, a returning WWII veteran. They raised their family in Portales and Roswell, where they were active in the lives of their children. While living in Portales, Pauline was named Mrs. Portales and Mrs. Eastern New Mexico for her cooking and recipes. She was once featured in a live television show from Clovis after winning a cooking contest with her cherry pie. Pauline enjoyed being a real estate broker in Roswell, participating in Meals on Wheels, as well as trading in antique furniture and china. While living in Athens, Texas, she volunteered as a Pink Lady at the local hospital. While living in Lubbock, she volunteered to be a listener for grade school children who needed to improve their reading skills. She also taught herself how to use eBay and became an active seller of collectables. In the last years of her life, she collaborated with her sister Nancy to publish two children’s books, “Windmills an American Heritage” and “Reese,” about a juvenile orangutan residing in the Albuquerque Zoo. She and her family were members of the First Methodist Church. Her love and concern for her family and her ready laugh will be missed.
Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.