Date of Death: October 31, 2021
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 at the Renovation Church at 1715 W. Centre Ave., Portage, MI 49024.
Dixie Lee Cox, 79, of Kalamazoo, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021 at ProMedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.
She was born October 27, 1942 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Fred and Laneta Perkins.
Dixie is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School.
Dixie worked as an LPN/control clerk at Borgess Medical Center.
In 1979 she married Rex Cox. Rex and Dixie were childhood sweethearts who initially went their separate ways in life, but through tragedy and circumstances were brought back together. They would spend the rest of their lives happily married.
Anyone who knew Dixie would tell you that her passion was playing bingo. She would play bingo every night of the week, if possible. She loved the atmosphere and competing with her friends. She was also an avid reader of books about Amish life and fictional Amish stories. Rex and Dixie enjoyed many trips to Shipshewana, IN to see the Amish and shop the Amish stores.
Dixie was a loving and caring mother. Dixie was someone who loved living in town, however, wanting the best environment for her kids to grow up in, Rex and Dixie moved from in town to a more rural area on a lake. This was something Dixie was never happy about, but happily made the sacrifice to allow her kids to have a lake life and wide-open spaces to play. She also never forgot about her relatives and friends who had passed before her. She would regularly visit their graves and place memorials on them.
Remaining to cherish her memory are her daughter, Beth Deryke of Three Rivers; son, Everett Kettle of Saratoga Springs, UT; daughter, Kim Demarse of Escanaba; Grandsons, Tyler Lynch, Han Schuring, Brian (Brandy) and Mark (Kelly) Dubord; Great Grandsons, Brendon (Ally) Dubord, Austin Dubord, Matt Dubord; Great Granddaughters, Taylor (Matt) Lavigne, Madison (fiancé Hunter Fix) Dubord, Katelyn Dubord; and Great, Great Grandson, Asher Dubord.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
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