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Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00 pm
Wesley Acres Care Center


Body donation to the University of Iowa


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Christine E. Cox Christine was taken into the arms of our Lord early March 20, 2017 in Wesley Acres Care Center due to cancer.

She was born April 15, 1947 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Her parents were Kenneth Dale and Jean Thomas.

She graduated from Valley High School, attended Drake University and graduated from East Texas State University with a degree in Elementary education. She taught elementary school in Dallas, Texas and Des Moines, Iowa for a few years until she married her husband who survives her, Robert Cox. She was a longtime active member of P.E.O./Chapter LS. She was a popular guest speaker at Wesley Acres and at many events and schools.

She suffered from a disability that caused her to gradually lose her sight, hearing and mobility over the last thirty years of her life. But, she was always optimistic and friendly to everyone. She had many friends and was a very religious woman, which gave her a remarkable joy for life.

She received training at the Iowa Blind Commission and lived at Wesley Acres for the last twenty-five years of her life. While living at Wesley Acres, she served in many roles. She taught sign language to the staff and residents and she mentored to nursing students. She was chosen to be an ambassador for the 69th Celebration of Wesley Acres Heritage. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Her brother Timothy Thomas of California survives her.

There will be a celebration of life held at Wesley Acres Care Center, 3520 Grand Ave, Des Moines, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. It will be held in the community room. Take the west entrance off of Grand Avenue and enter under the green awning.

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