Sarah Cox

Sarah Beatrice Cox, 87, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 29, 2021, of pneumonia at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 11, 1934, in Deuel County, Neb., to Albin and Helen Williams, one of five children.

She grew up in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School.

She married her husband, Newt Cox, at the lighthouse in Point Sur, Calif., where he was stationed while he served in the Coast Guard.

The Coxes lived at the lighthouse, then in Los Angeles, Calif., Moses Lake, Wash., and Lebanon and Albany, as well as Sweet Home.

Mrs. Cox played the piano, accompanying church and school choirs, but focused most of her musical abilities on entertaining her children and grandchildren.

She worked as a secretary and as a pharmacy assistant after raising her four children.

Mrs. Cox is survived by her children, Marti and son-in-law Ken Helfrich of Sweet Home, Robert and daughter-in-law Lois Cox of Prineville, Ben and daughter-in-law Lisa of Vacaville, Calif., and Eric and daughter-in-law Lois of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; sister Alene of Salem; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newt Cox; three siblings; and her parents.

A funeral service was held Dec. 19 at Cornerstone Church, with burial at Willamette Military Cemetery.