OBITUARY

Judith Ann Cox

March 21, 1939March 26, 2021
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Judith Ann (Wiltse) Cox, 82, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away on March 26th, 2021.

Judy was born on March 21st, 1939 in Lansing, MI, to Winton, Sr., and Gladys (Richard) Wiltse. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1957 and went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Education in 1971.

Judy was a devoted teacher for 30 years. She began her teaching career at Resurrection School in Lansing, Michigan. After two years at Resurrection she taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary St. Casimir School for 28 years where she made life long friendships with her fellow colleagues. After retiring Judy looked forward to her monthly lunches with other IHM St. Casimir retirees.

Judy was a strong and courageous mother who raised her 4 children with such pride and joy. She was warm and loving in every way. Judy cherished taking her children on vacations to Crystal Lake, Grand Marais, and Florida to visit family. Her love and devotion to her children was unmatched.

Becoming a grandmother was one of Judy’s greatest joys. She played a very active role in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. Judy was always attending their sport events, Girl Scout banquets, and school plays. Judy enjoyed having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren over for weekend sleepovers. She doted over her grands and great-grands. Judy always carried pictures of them in her wallet. One of Judy’s favorite things was when her children or grandchildren would bring over her favorite treats – McDonald’s hamburger, fries, and a small coke, any kind of donut, and her all time favorite snack, Sno-Balls.

Judy was an avid animal lover who had a deep bond with all her pets over the years. She attended Small Animals Day at MSU with her grandchildren and great grandchildren for many years.

Judy was a long time volunteer with the Senior Discovery Group at the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, Michigan. Judy also enjoyed spending her free time reading, gardening, and crafting. Judy had a deep love for watercolor painting and Celtic Folk Music. She would regularly attend the East Lansing Folk Festival and Art Fair. Judy always made an effort to go see her favorite local band, Global Village, whenever she had the chance. She was a devoted State fan who really enjoyed attending MSU football games with her family. Judy also loved watching performances at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. She loved gathering with her family especially for the holidays.

She was preceded in death by her parents Winton, Sr., and Gladys Wiltse; her brothers, Michael D. Wiltse, Stanley Wiltse, Douglas Wiltse, and Winton Wiltse, Jr.; grandson, Mitchell Cox; and special sister-in-law, Sandra Fuller.

Judy is survived by her children, James Cox and Ellen Troub, Julie Cox, SFC (Ret) Jeffrey (Jennifer) Cox, and Jeanne (Timothy) Jackson; grandchildren, Vanessa Jackson, Brittany (Augustine) Martinez, Stephanie Jackson, Rachel Jackson, Taylor Cox, Matthew Cox, and Jamison Cox; great-grandchildren, Kandyce, Dallas, Emma, Jonah, Alexander, Niya, Sammy, Ivy, and Kingston; nephew, Michael S. (Sebrina) Wiltse of Texas; special nieces, Michele Mast and Tammy Myers; sister-in-law Jan Clinkscale; special cousins, Marsha Green and Jeri Richard of Florida; special friends, Pat Grasser, Connie & Gordon Swix, the Wagner family, Mary Joan Jackson, her 1st grade teaching partner of more than 12 years, Sharon Kuchar, and many teacher-friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11am at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 3815 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Judy’s family will receive friends and family for visitation on Friday, April 9 from 3pm until 7pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Augustine Martinez
  • Timothy Jackson
  • Jamison Cox
  • Matthew Cox
  • Taylor Cox
  • Michael S. Wiltse

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Connie Swix

April 16, 2021

Judy always had a great smile!! She was fun to be with every Wednesday at A.N.C. Senior Discovery Group, where we looked forward to speakers and fun craft events (yeah Jane!). We both had a love of cats and theatre productions which made us laugh. She always talked with pride and love about her adult children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She gave unconditional affection to carrying and teaching for children her entire life. This pandemic year meant we couldn't get together, it made life difficult and lonely. Gordon and I were so fortunate to have her as a good friend and we'll miss her always, especially on Wednesdays.

Jane Reiter

April 13, 2021

I met Judy at the Senior Discovery Coffee Hour at the Allen Neighborhood Center. She was always a friendly face, curious and enthusiastic about the morning's festivities. I send my condolences to her family--such sad news for everyone she knew.

Michele Hufnagel

April 13, 2021

Judy was a beautiful and amazing person and I was lucky to have known her. I have many fond memories of Judy: she was my daughter’s, Renee, 1st grade teacher at IHM and I loved to help her out with the class or on field trips when needed. She was so patient and understanding with children. She was a wonderful teacher. Then years later, Judy’s granddaughter, Vanessa, was on Lansing Catholic Central’s girl’s softball team with Renee. I enjoyed spending that time with Judy and Jeanne watching the girls play, conversing and laughing. Judy was also one of my Facebook friends and we kept in touch that way for a while when I used to be on that website. What a beautiful legacy Judy has left behind. I know she will be missed dearly by so many people whose lives she touched. Her family must be so proud of her. Many comforting prayers to the Cox family during their time of sorrow. Sincerely, Michele Hufnagel

Joseph Dionise

April 10, 2021

To the Cox's family, my condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. I am unable to attend the service. My contiued prayers. God Bless.

Steve Langschwager

April 9, 2021

With deepest sympathy on your loss. Mrs. Cox was an Eastside neighbor and mother to Jim, Julie, Jeff and Jeanie. She was always very pleasant and will be missed. Steve and Allison Langschwager.

Marge Shapow

April 6, 2021

Jim, Julie, Jeff and Jeanne, you have my deepest sympathy for the
loss of your fun loving Mom. I remember her at tailgate parties and
football games. She always had a good time and was a good sport,
rain or shine win or lose. You will have great memories of a loving
caring Mother and Grandmother to your children. It hurts now, but
it does get better knowing she is in a wonderful place.
Sparty on, Judy,

Marge Shapow

Carla (Ducat) Westwood

April 5, 2021

Some of my fondest memories are the years that Judy and I shared the third graders. She was always a joyful and loving spirit in the school and in my heart. Then I went on to Nursing so we were not together again. I read of her death and felt that a part of myself had died but I know that she was welcomed in heaven straight away. The table was set and now the festivities can begin,,,,,,Judy is there. My love.....Carla

Darlene Zajac

April 5, 2021

Wally and family, sorry about your mom. My you find strength during these times. Always remember the good times.

Kathy Cullimore

April 1, 2021

Our daughter had to miss a year of school due to Leukemia and Judy volunteered her time to bring Lani her school work, and teach her after her teaching day was done. Without her help Lani may not have been able to move ahead with her classmates. We were so blessed to have her as Lani’s teacher. All our children loved her.
I am happy to say that Lani is paying it forward as a teacher herself.

God bless you Judy and peace to her family.
Kathy & Greg Cullimore

Donna Hill

March 30, 2021

We were neighbors in elementary school - a fun memory -we put shows on for neighbors in her garage -she was an excellent tap dancer ! Sending condolences to her family .

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Biography

Judith Ann (Wiltse) Cox, 82, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away on March 26th, 2021.

Judy was born on March 21st, 1939 in Lansing, MI, to Winton, Sr., and Gladys (Richard) Wiltse. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1957 and went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Education in 1971.

Judy was a devoted teacher for 30 years. She began her teaching career at Resurrection School in Lansing, Michigan. After two years at Resurrection she taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary St. Casimir School for 28 years where she made life long friendships with her fellow colleagues. After retiring Judy looked forward to her monthly lunches with other IHM St. Casimir retirees.

Judy was a strong and courageous mother who raised her 4 children with such pride and joy. She was warm and loving in every way. Judy cherished taking her children on vacations to Crystal Lake, Grand Marais, and Florida to visit family. Her love and devotion to her children was unmatched.

Becoming a grandmother was one of Judy’s greatest joys. She played a very active role in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. Judy was always attending their sport events, Girl Scout banquets, and school plays. Judy enjoyed having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren over for weekend sleepovers. She doted over her grands and great-grands. Judy always carried pictures of them in her wallet. One of Judy’s favorite things was when her children or grandchildren would bring over her favorite treats – McDonald’s hamburger, fries, and a small coke, any kind of donut, and her all time favorite snack, Sno-Balls.

Judy was an avid animal lover who had a deep bond with all her pets over the years. She attended Small Animals Day at MSU with her grandchildren and great grandchildren for many years.

Judy was a long time volunteer with the Senior Discovery Group at the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, Michigan. Judy also enjoyed spending her free time reading, gardening, and crafting. Judy had a deep love for watercolor painting and Celtic Folk Music. She would regularly attend the East Lansing Folk Festival and Art Fair. Judy always made an effort to go see her favorite local band, Global Village, whenever she had the chance. She was a devoted State fan who really enjoyed attending MSU football games with her family. Judy also loved watching performances at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. She loved gathering with her family especially for the holidays.

She was preceded in death by her parents Winton, Sr., and Gladys Wiltse; her brothers, Michael D. Wiltse, Stanley Wiltse, Douglas Wiltse, and Winton Wiltse, Jr.; grandson, Mitchell Cox; and special sister-in-law, Sandra Fuller.

Judy is survived by her children, James Cox and Ellen Troub, Julie Cox, SFC (Ret) Jeffrey (Jennifer) Cox, and Jeanne (Timothy) Jackson; grandchildren, Vanessa Jackson, Brittany (Augustine) Martinez, Stephanie Jackson, Rachel Jackson, Taylor Cox, Matthew Cox, and Jamison Cox; great-grandchildren, Kandyce, Dallas, Emma, Jonah, Alexander, Niya, Sammy, Ivy, and Kingston; nephew, Michael S. (Sebrina) Wiltse of Texas; special nieces, Michele Mast and Tammy Myers; sister-in-law Jan Clinkscale; special cousins, Marsha Green and Jeri Richard of Florida; special friends, Pat Grasser, Connie & Gordon Swix, the Wagner family, Mary Joan Jackson, her 1st grade teaching partner of more than 12 years, Sharon Kuchar, and many teacher-friends.