Peacefully on Feb. 5, 2016 at her home in Avon, Margarette M. Halseth Cox passed from this life into her eternal life. She was 96.
She was born July 19, 1919 at the Halseth Montana homestead in Conrad, Mt.; shortly thereafter her family moved to Kendrick, Id. to the Halseth homestead on Big Bear Ridge. She graduated from Kendrick High School in 1937 and the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1940. She enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to Bakersfield Hospital, in Pasadena, Ca. where she married the late Stanley Paul Cox in June of 1944 in Van Nuys, California.
In the late “60s” she went back to nursing and held the distinction of being the supervisor over employees at the Alexandria Hospital, in Alexandria, Va. During her time there she was successful in educating the hospital staff on the dangers of smoking and had an employee health program which was made up of all non-smokers. She was considered a pro-activist for the “nonsmoking” cause in the “70’s”. After thirty years of traveling around the world with the Air Force, she and Stan returned home to Idaho in 1976 where she was never happier. She loved Idaho.
Those who knew Margarette knew her as a leader in her community and wherever she and Stan’s military life led them. In Japan as a young wife and mother she would entertain her neighboring Japanese and share with them her American customs and ways of life; in Germany she did the same. She enjoyed people, had a love of singing and a heart that would help anyone who needed help. She loved animals and flowers and had a flair for decorating her home with the treasures she had collected throughout her travels. She was an avid gardener and loved growing all kinds of fruit. Margarette was an active member in the Alcoholic Anonymous Al-Anon program for families of alcoholics; ladies activities in her church, the Lyons Club, the VFW, and the Sons of Norway. She loved the Busy Bees of Avon. She was known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a very dedicated member of the Halseth family. She was a member of the Deary Community Bible Church and loved sharing her relationship with Christ with others. Her eternal destination in Heaven however had little to do with anything she did or was. Her decision to trust Christ as her Savior guaranteed her eternal life.
Margarette is survived by her brother, Harold Halseth of Tacoma, WA ; by her daughters, Carol L. Cox Hicks of Cantonment, FL and Betty A. Perkins of Clarkston, WA; two sons, Cleon Edward Cox of Basye, VA, and Donald F. Cox of Deary, Id.
She is survived by grandchildren: Jame L. Vandenburg of South Haven, MI.; David E. Hicks of Pensacola, Fl; Susan M. Ward of Tipton, IN.; Kimberly A. Carter of Strasburg, VA; Amber R. Cox of Timberville, VA ; and Kristen F. Cox of Pullman, WA.
Great-grandchildren: Johanna F. Vandenburg Quinn and Danae J. Vandenburg of South Haven, MI; Jonathyn D. Hicks and Rayne Hicks of Pensacola, FL; Tyler M. Ward and Adrian J. Ward of Tipton, IN ; and Ian A. Cox of Timberville, VA.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Stan, in 2010 as well as her sisters, Helen Leland and Betty Chisholm and brothers, Ervin, Arnold, Gerald and Orville Halseth.
Her loving spirit and dedication to her family and friends will be missed. Margarette’s family would like to thank her caregivers, Don and Elaine Cox, Brittney Merrill and Collene Childress for their love and dedication to her over the past years.
Viewing will be Monday from Noon until 8:00 PM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 11:00 AM at the Deary Community Bible Church. Burial will be at Bethany Memorial Cemetery near Kendrick with military honors by the Idaho State Army Honor Guard. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at the Deary Community Center.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Deary Community Bible Church or to the Deary Ambulance Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.