(Lucy) Beth Terry Cox was born on January 13,1921 to Chasta Mariah and Charles Alphonzo Terry in McKinnon, Wyoming. She died of natural causes on January 3, 2021 just 10 days shy of her 100th birthday. Beth grew up in McKinnon the second youngest of 9 children. She lost her father when she was just 4 years old to a work accident. When she was about 8 or 9, she met the new boy, Billy Cox, seeing him for the first time atop a hay stack. They had a friendship that turned into a courtship when he was janitor and she the cook in the little two-room school house in McKinnon. The family treasures the sweet love notes they kept from "Cookie" to "Jan." On Dec. 3,1941, they married in Malad, Idaho, just a few days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bill entered the navy 3 years later and they were separated for about a year while he served. They were able to be sealed in the Salt Lake temple before he deployed. Beth and Bill were the parents of six children (their first daughter, Karen, was stillborn). After two children were born, they moved to Orem, Utah next door to their life-long friends, Arden and Alene Rowley. They lived there until 2012, moving then to Pleasant Grove. Beth was a big BYU and Jazz fan. She celebrated her 98th birthday by going to a Jazz game. She was always an encouraging cheerer for her teams, but if they got too far ahead, she felt sorry for the other team and would hope they could score a few points to make them feel better! She was the same kind of encouraging cheerer for all of her family. Some of her very last words were expressing the love she had for her family and how much she appreciated them. She and Bill loved to travel, camp, and do anything with family. Beth served in many callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her example of ministering as a visiting teacher will long inspire her family. Her love for the gospel and testimony of Christ was never-failing. Beth was patient, kind and had a grateful heart. Even in her last tough years, she would tell us she could always find things to be grateful for in her prayers. Beth was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Bill, in 2013, her parents, all of her siblings, two daughters (Karen and Nola) two grandsons and a great-granddaughter who shared her name. What a joyful reunion she is having with all of them! She is survived by her sons, Arthur Cox (Karen) and Jim Cox (Mary), and her daughters, LuAnne Liljenquist (Mike) and Mary Beth Wald (John), 27 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren (2 on the way) and 17 great-great-grandchildren (2 on the way). Thanks to the staff of Encompass Hospice Care and Summerfield Retirement Center for their compassionate care over the past year. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 7th at 11:00am in the chapel at 865 W. 1000 N., Orem with a viewing from 9:30-10:30am. All social distancing and mask requirements will be observed.
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