Shirley Cox Obituary

Shirley Maxwell Cox
Shirley Cox
Shirley Maxwell Cox

February 14, 1930 - April 12, 2013
Born in Marshalltown, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Shirley Maxwell Cox, 83, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel in Des Moines, with the family present. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Shirley was born February 14, 1930 and raised in Marshalltown, before settling in Des Moines. She was a graduate of Marshalltown High School and attended Central Iowa Business College. She worked in the Law Library of the Iowa General Assembly, in the Cataloging Department for the Iowa State Traveling Library and as a supervisor in the Newspaper Department at the State Historical Building. In 1978, she was hired by the Des Moines Public School System as a cafeteria worker and eventually retired as Food Service Coordinator at Oak Park Elementary School.

After retiring, Shirley remained active with Metro Kids, providing before and after school care at several elementary schools. She was a favorite with the children at the schools where she assisted in volunteer reading programs. She loved gardening, listening to jazz music, reading with her cat Tommy on her lap and visiting with friends at Village Inn restaurants. She enjoyed attending services at Highland Park Lutheran Church.

Shirley is survived by her children, Lisa of Arlington, Virginia; Dena of West Des Moines; and Kenneth of Urbandale; her sister, Margaret Beavers of Los Angeles, California; her brother, Roger Maxwell of Windsor Heights; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, the Reverend Artice and Margaret Maxwell; her brothers, Robert and Ralph; and her sister, Harriett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Shirley's name to the American Heart Association.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, April 20, 2013
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, April 20, 2013
12:00 PM