Karen Cox – Monticello

Karen Cox age 84, died peacefully, Sunday, October 25, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Public visitation will be held from 2 until 5 Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Goettsch Funeral Home where a private family service will be held on Monday.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of choice.    Mask’s must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the funeral home.  Social distancing needs to be practiced as well.

Surviving is her husband Dean, 4 children, Lori Smith, Dean Jr. (Beth) Cox, Michael (Erin) Cox, Kerri (Tyler) Fountain, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, her brother Roger Bright and a sister, Vicki (Herb) Marr.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Cathy Jo Cox Bohlken, and a granddaughter Ellie.

Karen Vergean Cox was born August 20, 1936 at Oxford Junction, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Glenn and Eleanor Shedeck, Bright.   Karen graduated from the Oxford Junction High School in 1954, where she was a honorable mention all-state forward on the Oxford Junction basketball team.    She continued her education at St. Luke’s Nursing Academy in Davenport..

Karen married Dean Cox on June 7, 1957 at the United Methodist Church, Oxford Junction.   She worked at the Jackson County Hospital in Maquoketa until she moved to Japan to join Dean who was serving in the United States Air Force. The couple lived in Carrollton, Ohio, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Cedar Rapids before moving to Monticello in 1975. In 1984 Karen and Dean started Karde’s Convenience Store, in Monticello.

Karen and Dean loved to dance to Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights.   She had been a Rainbow Mother and loved to cook and bake.   She loved her cats even though she was allergic to them.



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