Marsha Gail Cox
July 28, 1949 – October 12, 2020
Marsha Gail (Ragsdale) Cox was born July 28, 1949 in Davenport, Iowa to Dr. Norman Ragsdale and Mrs. Edna Ragsdale. She was baptized as a young woman on Oct 2, 1960 by Olin Hay at South Louisville Christian Church and spent her life following Jesus. Some of her best memories were weeks in summer camp at White Mills Christian Church. She enjoyed family gatherings in Louisville, KY with her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her aunts and uncles were very important to her early life for unconditional love and support. Marsha attended Durrett High School in Louisville, KY and recently helped organize alumni; completing the Durrett Directory. She studied English and History at the University of Louisville and Morehead State University and Library Science at the University of Kentucky. She later completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art History at Kennesaw State University, which culminated in the Senior Art Show and was reviewed by The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and the Woodstock Society. Marsha’s first job was as at 15 years old as a secretary for Junkin Safety Appliance Company. After college, she was a teacher in St Mary’s, GA and in Wilmington, NC. She served as the Vice President of Dogwood Ministries in Marietta, GA. Her career was as a Media Specialist in Marietta, Ga and at Griffin Middle School. She also served as a slide librarian for Emory University Circulation, Main Library in Atlanta, GA. Marsha married James Anthony (Tony) Cox in Louisville, KY on July 12, 1969. They were married 49 years until Tony passed away in 2019. They lived and attend churches throughout the southeast until Tony retired. Marsha & Tony lived in Greenville, TN; St Mary’s, GA; Rex, GA; Wilmington, NC; Marietta, GA; and Acworth, GA. Marsha read the Bible many times through during the course of her life. She taught children’s church and classes on Becoming a Christian. Marsha was a Bible Bowl Sponsor for 18 years and helped found the Bible Bowl League in GA. Marsha has many dear friends in Northwest Christian Church in Acworth, GA, which she was member of for 33 years. Since moving to AZ, Marsha helped visitors get connected at Pantano Christian Church, in Tucson, AZ. Marsha was a talented artist in oil painting, ceramics, and photography among other forms. She loved reading, cycling, trivia, dancing, singing, skating, and keeping in contact with her many friends. She loved being the “dog mom” of several dogs including Maggie, Amber, Buddy, Georgie, and (most recently) Charlie “Teddy Bear.” Her great love was travel. During her life, she visited 44 states, and 49 countries on 6 continents. She visited many American and Canadian National Parks and enjoyed updating her National Parks Passport when she visited a new one. In between adventures, she loved to document her experiences in scrapbooks. Marsha is survived by her three beloved children, Andrew Cox, Leah Stokes, and Christopher Stokes (Son-in-Law), along with her three precious grandchildren, Zoe Stokes, Gabriel Cox, and Kayla Stokes. She is also survived by her mother Edna Ragsdale, her sister Susan McSwain, her niece Cody, her nephews Daniel, Micah, and Andrew, and many cousins and friends. Marsha died on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the age of 71. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in her memory to White Mills Christian Camp, PO Box #129, White Mills, KY, 42788. Marsha will be buried at East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12pm. A funeral service will be held at the East Lawn Palms Mortuary at 11am, October 22, 2020. The funeral service will be available by livestream for anyone unable to attend.
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Pamela and Cody Johnson
October 22, 2020
Marsha was my sister in law for 50 years. She was also my Sunday school teacher when I was around 9 or 10. I thought she was so pretty. Then she and my brother started dating. Thought that was so cool.
October 19, 2020
Marsha was a dear friend and sister in Christ. We met in Wilmington, NC. One year I received a large pottery bowl & plate from Marsha who was my secret sister. I still use it and always think of her when I use it. She will be missed by so many people. ❤
Anne Platz Gowin
October 18, 2020
Marsha was one of my roommates at Morehead freshman year. Being from out of state, I knew no one and was lucky enough to have her in my life. She embraced my New York accent and background. Several times, I visited her family in Louisville, who treated me like another daughter. Being far from home, I appreciated spending time with such loving people and will never forget their generosity. When Marsha left Morehead, we remained good friends and I’ll always remember her kindness, sense of humor, religious values and love of family. I’m a better person for having known her and cherish all of the memories that we shared. She and her family will be remembered in our prayers.
Christine Noble Riley
October 17, 2020
Marsha entered my life in Aug. 1967 when we were randomly chosen as college roommates at Morehead State University. But I believe it was design. We had 2 years together at Morehead before she married Tony Cox who whisked her off to U of L. Enough time to introduce her to some Eastern Ky. culture, for us to enjoy Ky Derbys together, and acquire many mutual friends. We remotely shared the birth and upbringing of our children and progression of our subsequent careers.
She was a genuinely kind person who always stayed true to her values. She loved her family passionately and always strived to help make the world a better place. How fortunate were we to have as a part of our lives. Her memory will not fade.
October 17, 2020
We love you all and are sorry we cannot come to Tuscon right now to be with you all. Marsha was my Sunday School teacher when I was about 9 or 10. I thought she was the prettiest girl. When I found out she was dating my brother I was very excited.
Sending our love to you and wish we were there.
Pam and Cody
October 16, 2020
Marsha and I grew up together in Louisville, and were part of the "Tingley Elementary Bunch". Our parents all knew each other, and kept us close together. Although we went our separate ways after elementary school, we became re-acquainted a few years ago, and remained friends until her untimely passing.
Marsha was a wonderful person, and we shared many happy posts and memories of times past. Although many miles separated us, I always felt Marsha was a very close and dear friend.
She lived a wonderful and full life and was blessed with a wonderful husband and family. I shall miss her humor and graciousness. She was a true "Lady of the South".
Please accept my sincere condolences in you time of sorrow.