July 26, 1922 ~ January 6, 2003

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Beatrice 'Marie' Cox, 80, joined her husband, Ralph Cox, on January 6, 2003, in heaven on what would have been their 60th anniversary. Ralph preceded her in death on December 18, 1973. Also preceded in death by her parents, Dora and Orville Younger; sisters, Bessie Graves and Esther Awbrey; and brother, Dewey Younger. Survived by her children, Terry (Vic) Reinert- Zupancic, Pam (Jim) Shiner, David (Marline) Cox all of Pueblo, Becky Cox of Lakewood, Colorado, and Mark (Lounell) Cox of Alabama; grandchildren, Chuck (Catherine) Reinert, and Edwin (Janette) Reinert, Cheryl (Dan) Nelson, Lisa (Tom) Dace, Timothy and Stephen Shiner, Nicole Cox, and Robin Rider; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Cora (Harold) Lane and Florence Dyke; numerous nieces and nephews; and faithful friend, Frances Kidder. Beatrice 'Marie' was born July 26, 1922, in Pueblo, Colorado. She took great joy in serving as a foster grandparent for Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center, where she was know as 'Grandma Bea.' 'Marie' was a longtime member of First Church of the Nazarene and Eagles Aerie #145. At her request, there will be no viewing. A memorial and celebration of life service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2003, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 14th & Main St., with Pastor Conley Henderson officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery Garden Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center Children's Fund or the American Heart Association, through the funeral home.

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  1. Grandma Bea always had some interesting tidbit to share with anyone who would listen. But, she also had a love for the living things around her that couldn’t give her any verbal feedback. Grandma Bea loving and painstakingly made it her responsibility to water all of our drooping plants at the center, which were plentiful and always looked good when she was around to water them. I have noted this often since she has been gone from us that our plants need water and there seems to be no one who has the time or the love for them that Grandma Bea had. She has been missed by all those plants for many months but we all will miss her too. Karen Lassiter at Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center.

  2. Grandma Bea always had some interesting tidbit to share with anyone who would listen. But, she also had a love for the living things around her that couldn’t give her any verbal feedback. Grandma Bea loving and painstakingly made it her responsibility to water all of our drooping plants at the center, which were plentiful and always looked good when she was around to water them. I have noted this often since she has been gone from us that our plants need water and there seems to be no one who has the time or the love for them that Grandma Bea had. She has been missed by all those plants for many months but we all will miss her too. Karen Lassiter at Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. My fondest memories of Bea have to do with the contributions she made to the children and staff at Spanish Peaks MHC. Bea was a great asset to the children’s team during all the years that she was a volunteer grandma. She made a lot of our jobs easier. She also provided us with a lot of humor in the lunch room. Everyday she would clean the kitchen after everybody ate and I would remind her that according to her SRDA contract she was not to do any cleaning duties and that we could get into trouble with SRDA and everyday she would ignore me and do it anyway. She has been missed here and will continue to be missed.

  4. MY DEAREST GRANDMA BEA, YOU ARE ONE OF MY DEAREST FRIENDS. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND ALL THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER, AND I LOVE YOU. I KNOW THAT I WAS YOUR FAVORITE BEANER WHO WOULD DRIVE HER RED LA BAMBA (MY TOYOTA TRUCK). THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT ADVICE THAT YOU GAVE ME. AND TO NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS, SHE WOULD ALWAYS SAY. I REMEMBER YOUR HOMEMADE ROLLS THAT YOU WOULD BRING ME. ALL THE GREAT DISHES THAT YOU WOULD BRING TO OUR POT LUCKS. ALL OF YOUR HOME GROWN VEGETABLES THAT WERE SO GOOD AND FRESH. SHE TOOK PRIDE ON HER FLOWERS,GARDEN AND HER YARD ALWAYS. SHE WOULD ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH. SHE WOULD ALWAYS SAY WITHOUT HUMOR YOU WILL DIE. SHE ALWAYS KEPT OUR STAFF LOUNGE CLEAN. SHE ALWAYS GAVE ME PICTURES FOR MY BOYS TO COLOR FOR THAT CERTAIN HOLIDAY. MY FAVORITE JOKE OF HER’S WAS SHE WOULD SAY TAHT SHE HAD A TATOO OF A RABBIT ON HER LOWER BACK. AND SHE WOULD SAY DO YOU WANT TO SEE IT. AND I WOULD SAY SURE. AND SHE WOULD START TO SHOW ME, AND SHE WOULD SAY OH, THAT RABBIT MUST OF CRAWLED UP THAT HOLE. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND NEVER FORGET YOU MY FRIEND. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE ALWAYS. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART FOREVER. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR HONEY ALWAYS.

    FOREVER YOUR FRIEND
    KATHY ALARID

  5. Terri,
    I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to attend your Mom’s services tomorrow. My son is having minor surgery tomorrow and I have to be with him. Please note that when I first came to SPMHC children’s team in 1993, your Mom took the time to get to know me and to help me to feel welcome. When Fran was off on leave, I took over the responsibility of the coordinator of the foster grandparents briefly and as such was able to attend a benefit in their honor with Bea and Hazel. I’ll never forget how dashing she looked that evening and how much fun she was to be with. As someone who speaks her mind herself, I greatly admired your Mom’s personality, forthright, with a lot of spunk, and Oh, so funny! I’ve missed her dearly since she’s left SPMHC.
    Cindy Riewski, Program Supervisor
    January 9, 2003

  6. Teri, Vic and Family,

    Opened your email…not your usual bit of wisdom or humor…quite the contrary…so sorry to hear. It seem like ages since we’ve talked…life skips by in a moments..we’ve got to ejoy it while we can. Both you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Very Sincerely, Butchie

  7. When I think of my Grandmother, I think of strength. Sometimes that strength translated into stubbornness, and in turn, strong-will. But, it was strong-will that defined her as a person. When she did something, she put all her energy into it. Whether it was helping foster children or helping her own family, she didn’t come up short. She was an incredible worker. She always had the most beautiful yard and fruitful gardens, the products of dedication and hard work. Most everything in her life was a reflection of strength. Even when facing the unfortunate inevitability of death, she remained strong. “Don’t worry about me, this is nobody’s fault,” she said, in the last conversation I had with her. She was always so independent, yet she knew that she needed the help of the nursing home and really did not seem afraid of her situation. She was still joking and being the character she had always been. She said she was, “so happy to see (her) grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Ultimately, I think family was everything to her. All of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren should know that much of the strength we have now came from Grandma Cox. She will be missed by all of us.

  8. A prayer to my husband and my
    family.
    Let us not live a life thats
    free from the things that draw us closer to thee.
    For how can we hope to heal the wounds of others we do not feel. If our eyes are dry
    and never weep, we will never
    know when the hurt is deep.
    If the heart is cold and never
    bleeds, how can we tell others
    needs.
    Dear Lord, Let us love our family as we love thee.
    May the sorrow and heartache
    we feel from our loss today
    bring our family closer to one
    another.
    No amount of money can bring
    this kind of wealth and happiness, and as a new angel
    looks down on us today I’m sure she must be smiling to see our family this way.
    Dear Father in Heaven comfort
    my family through a difficult
    time and let our hearts be
    open and our prayers often to
    keep you near. Amen

  9. TERRI

    WE REALLY WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE SHARING YOUR PAIN THROUGH THE PASSING OF YOUR MOTHER. PLEASE BE STRONG TO THE VERY END.
    WE LOVE YOU MUNCHOOOO
    BEN & GABBY

  10. I just want to thank each of you for caring about mom and our family, and for taking the time to share your memories, prayers and thoughts with us on mom’s on-line guestbook. If you were able to attend her memorial service, we thank you too. The overflo crowd of attendes was a surprise and a great comfort. May God bless each one of you for sharing your time, thoughts, prayers, and memories with us!!! Love ya~~Terri

  11. I remember the times I spent with my Aunt Marie. When I was younger, and I would go down during the summer to spend a week with my cousins. It was alway lots of fun. There was 5 of us kids, I do not know how she put up with all of us, but my time there was so much fun. There was lots of laughs in the home. I also remember in the summer Aunt Marie and Uncle Ralph and my family would all meet up in Gunnison, Colorado for a week every summer. We would all go fishing just so we could do things together. I will miss you Aunt Marie, you’ll alway be in my memories.

    Your Loving Neice
    Dorella Sue Miller
    (Susie)

  12. Dear Terri, Vic, and Family,

    You all continue to be in our prayers–we are so sorry. Butch has a big meeting this morning, but I will try to get away from school for a while to attend the funeral. Just know that you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Thank you for your kind note; it was no surprise to me that your mother had SO MANY people come to her memorial service; what a class act she was! Judy Miles

  14. Dear Terri & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I know Aunt Marie was ill for quite awhile and that you and the family toke great care of her. It is the hardest thing in the world to lose your mom ( I know because my mom that raised me died about eight years ago, and it is still hard). It hurts so much because we had a great bond together and she was such a loving person. We are so blessed to have family and when they do pass away our hearts are broken. But I do believe we will see them again when we pass on. Having friends and family really does help make it a little easier. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and you have our deepest sympathy.
    Love,
    Your cousins from Michigan,
    Linda & Pete
    P.S. So glad we got to meet you and Aunt Marie last summer when we were in Colorado. God Bless

    Your friend Linda found a site that they thought you’d like. Check it out:

    http://www.supertaf.com/ft.php?t=1905241

  15. I will miss my aunt Marie. We had such fun when I was a young lad. I will always remember her as a happy person always smiling and laughing.

  16. Dear Becky,

    I am so sorry to hear the loss of your wonderful Mother. I am so privileged to have known such a great person as Marie. She was always the life of the party and will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Your friend always,
    Love, Rick

  17. I don’t find it surprising at all. You’re a great family and Aunt Marie was a charmer. She touched lives and they remembered
    how she touched theirs. I listened to my grandmother talk about when they were growing up. It wasn’t all very good for them be-
    cause they had hard times, but she also had fond memories. I have to believe the sisters and brother are together and enjoying
    being together. It was a nice service and she would have approved. My only regret is that we didn’t make time in the hectic Christmas mess to get in to see her, but when I heard that they whole family made the effort for her, that was more important anyway. I meant
    what I said, if there is anything I can do, holler. Vicki

  18. Terri,

    So sorry to hear about your Mom. I was not aware she was ill. It is so hard losing a mom….a part of you dies with her. But knowing she is with the Lord is such a comfort for you as it was with me when my mom died. I will remember you in my prayers. Here is a quote that holds a lot of wisdom:

    “Sorrow is like the rain that hollows out a place in the stone of our soul
    to hold the water of joy and remembrance.”

    I have no idea who wrote that but it is so true…that joy and remembrance is what helps us to continue on.

    My sincere sympathy.

    Sue

  19. I never knew Marie very well, but the thing I remember most about her is her welcoming smile and her ease with people. She was easy to talk to and she had a way a just drawing you in. I know her family and loved ones already miss her and will continue to miss her for many years to come. May God give you all the comfort only He can give, especially knowing she is with Him now and you will see her again! With love, Kathy and Roger

  20. I never knew Marie very well, but the thing I remember most about her is her welcoming smile and her ease with people. She was easy to talk to and she had a way a just drawing you in. I know her family and loved ones already miss her and will continue to miss her for many years to come. May God give you all the comfort only He can give, especially knowing she is with Him now and you will see her again! With love, Kathy and Roger

  21. Dear Terri,
    Aunt Myrtle sent me the piece about your mother. The poem out of the funeral brochure was the most beautiful poem I’ve ever read. Ruth E. and Aunt Myrtle both said it was a beautiful funeral. They were really impressed with Chuck’s talk (Do you have a copy of it?) but neither one of them knew there was an Ed and where he was. By the way, is Jim still alive? I couldn’t tell them.

  22. I always enjoyed being around my Aunt Marie. She always seemed to light up a room when she entered. She will be greatly missed, but her memory will live on in many. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  23. Aunt Marie will be truely missed. She was my moms favorite Aunt and therefore named me after her. I will miss Aunt Marie’s humor, her loving nature and zest for living life to it’s fullest. I know you and mom are together now and having the best reunion. Until we see each other again. I love you Aunt Marie. Your niece, Charlene Marie Chauvin

  24. I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Beatrice Cox.
    It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. When I lost my mother five years ago I thought that I could not go on. I missed her so much and still do.

    The Bible was very comforting to me as I am sure it has been for you. It does hold out a hope for them. Jesus Christ promised that in the near future millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, paradisaic conditions. (Revelation 21:3, 4) Jesus demonstrated in a powerful that he is both willing and able to perform the resurrection by bringing back to life many persons while he was on the earth.

    May the God of Underserved Kindness be with you.
    Sincerely,
    Ms. Floyd

  25. Aunt Marie had a charming wit about her and she could keep you in stitches listening to her. When a person can lighten your heart just with a few words, they have a great gift. Grandma use to say her sister was a kick in the pants at times. Bless her, a very memorable kick in the pants that I’m very glad touched my life. She will be missed by those who knew her.
    Love to Terri, Pam, Becky, David, Mark and families.

  26. My Aunt Marie was the person who could cheer-up anyone around her no matter how bad the circumstances were.Nothing was so bad that she make you feel better and to forget your troubles. I never heard her complain to others about her illness as she always said to me it wasn’t any one else”s fault but her owm. She always offered anything she had if it would help someone else.Her memory to others will be the love she had for others and the humor that was so natural for her. My childhood memories include the many times we were together growing up as she was only 5 years my elder and she liked to make up scary stories.I always pretended to be scared was maybe I was a little.We spent alot of after school times together as I enjoyed being with my grandmother also.She has always been a delightful person to be around,laughter was everywhere she wasand she was loved by many.She left many family members and friends to be with her God She’ll never be forgotten. Love to her children and grandchildren and may God’s arm be wrapped around them and help each of you though this bad time.
    Love her niece Lucille

  27. My Aunt Marie was always a highlight to visit. She was so “say it as it is” and I marveled at and enjoyed her sense of humor. I visited her with my mother a year ago and really treasure the time I spent with her. My heart goes out to all her family because I know she will be surely missed. Treasure your memories for they are what get you through the difficult moments. Love to you all-
    LeAnna (Duke) Giltner

  28. What a lovely lady….although we did not
    personally know her, we
    send our sincere sympathy to
    all the family, and especailly
    to Terri, a good friend to
    my sister in Pueblo.

  29. Dear Teri and Vic,
    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love and hugs, Pat and Frank
    P. S. What a lovely idea, sending the memorial this way. I printed it. Thanks Teri.

  30. TRIBUTE TO MY MOM

    Mom ~~ what a character!!!
    She was many people all rolled up into one.

    She was a teacher. She taught me many things:

    She taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE–
    “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning”!!
    She taught me RELIGION
    “You better pray that comes out of the carpet”!!
    She taught me LOGIC
    “Because I said so . . . that’s why”.
    She taught me FORESIGHT
    “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you have an accident”
    She taught me IRONY
    “Keep cryin and I’ll give you something to cry about”!!.
    She taught me ACROBATICS
    “Will you look at all that dirt on the back of your neck?”
    She taught me STAMINA
    You will sit there till all that spinach is gone (never did eat it. Just tucked it away in my cheek and spit it outside in her flowerbed or garden).
    She taught me WEATHER
    “Looks like a tornado swept thru this room”.
    She taught me PHYSICS PROBLEMS
    “If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen then”?
    She taught me HYPOCRISY
    “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!!”
    She taught me ENVY
    “There are millions of less fortunate kids in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”

    She was an Activist ~~ Way before that word was invented, she had her causes she devoted her energies to. She made sure you knew faith in God, yourself, and your fellow man was integral to your very survival! She was a pushover for anyone needy–and the “underdog”. Anyone who knew her, knew her message that cleanliness was next to Godliness and that it was your duty to make the world a better place. She was a tour guide for a guilt trip . . . and always eager to let you know how it should be done. She walked the talk and always put her energies where her heart was.
    She was an example ~~ She encouraged (and most times demanded) you do what was right, fair, and just. If her demands were not being practiced by her, she reminded you to “do what I say, not what I do”. “I want you to do more, and be more, than I am”. She only had a 10th grade education but was well read, well informed, and focused on her children obtaining a formal education.
    She was my mom!!! She taught me how to cook, clean, care for my babies, be a true friend a good neighbor, a volunteer, and to do good deeds that no one knew you did. She taught me the humor in my shortcomings and that love and laughter go hand-in hand. Most importantly she taught me I was a child of God. His creation. He loved me unconditionally would always be my strength in time of need (like now)!! Upon her death I inherited the richest estate any kid ever inherited ~~ her deathbed testimony she would see me in heaven ~~ and memories that will serve me well until I see her there. Thanks Mom. I love you!

  31. Grandma Bea, as we would call her at Spanish Peaks, was really a character. She would tell me about things she had done in the past and really make me laugh. I would always ask her advice regarding my plants, as I knew she had a green thumb. I know she’s in Heaven because God could not have chosen a better gardener. I’ll miss her and remember her always.

    Love,

    Clara Colletti

  32. Whenever I see someone cleaning up our staff lounge, I hear echo’s of Gramma Bea’s voice admonishing the “lazy people who expect me to clean up their messes around here.”!!!!. All the while she would be cleaning up our messes at the same time. Bea nurtured the staff as much as the children she watched.

    To this day, we have older adolescents who walk past the Foster-Grandparents room with fond memories of playing with Gramma Bea. She added sauce and spice to all of our experiences here at Spanish Peaks.

    Judy Miles, Children’s Program Supervisor

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