Cox, Mary Sumner

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Mary Margaret Sumner Cox, 76, of Draper, Va., passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2008. She was born to the late Henry and Naomi Sumner of Fancy Gap, Va., on October 12, 1931.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 55 years, Tom, with whom she enjoyed life and ballroom dancing; three children, Donna Cox Scalise and husband, Eric, of Lynchburg, Va., Gary Cox, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Barry Cox, of Dublin, Va.; four grandchildren, Matthew Scalise, USMC, and wife, Rachel, of Charlottesville, Va., Josh Scalise, USMC, of Virginia Beach, Va., Caleb Cox, of Wytheville, Va., and Ellen Sumner Cox, of Draper, Va.; one great-grandchild, Harley Grace Scalise; and one sister, Blanche Griffin and husband, Larry, of Bracey, Va. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, as well as four sisters, Marie Sumner, Ruth Sumner Love, Ruby Sumner and Violet Sumner Galyean; and seven brothers, Otto, Leo, Buford, Paul, Glenn, Boyd and Lloyd.

Mary attended and graduated from Hillsville High School in the class of 1949 and from New River Community College. She was vice president and bookkeeper for her and Tom’s business, Tom Cox Home and Office Supply. Mary was a past president of the Pulaski Merchants Council and enjoyed dancing with Tom and loved to paint, do stained glass and many other forms of arts and crafts.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, August 26, 2008, at Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, from the Draper Valley Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Following the burial service a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Name, Pulaski, Va.