- Published: 24 November 2015
Patricia “Pat” Ellen (Pryor) Cox was born on March 18, 1931 in Nebraska City, Nebraska to Glendon and Nita (Dillon) Pryor. She passed away November 19, 2015 in Concordia, Kansas. As a young girl she spent many happy times with relatives and friends in and around Peru, Neb. Her family moved to California in 1940 then to Alabama in 1943 where both parents held positions during WWII. They then moved back to Peru in 1945. Pat graduated from Peru High School and continued her education at Peru Teachers College (Peru State) for two years majoring in Elementary Education. She was active on campus, playing piano, singing in the college chorus and the Methodist Church choir. It was during her college time that she met the love of her life, Laurence Cox. They were married on September 3, 1950. They lived in Blair, Curtis and Tecumseh, Neb., then Gaylord and Concordia, Kan. Pat taught school in Omaha and Auburn, Neb. In 1959 the Cox family settled in Concordia, Kan., where Laurence was co-owner of Quartzite Stone Company. Pat was active in the United Methodist Church, Women’s Bible Study, PEO, Beta Sigma Phi, the library board and hospital board. She also played Mrs. Santa Claus all around the community and volunteered in the elementary school libraries. Pat is survived by daughter Deborah (Clark) Chambers, Wichita, Kan.; sons David Cox of Fort Collins, Colorado, Dennis (Lauralea) Cox of Milford, Kan., and Chris (Kathy) Cox, Clay Center, Kan.; granddaughters Erin (Mike) Ruffner, Fort Collins, Colo., Tara Cox, Denver, Colo., Erica Chambers, Wichita, Kan. and Carrie (Chris) Titus, Wichita, Kan.; grandsons Garrett, Evan, Trevor and Kyle Cox, all of Clay Center; four great-grandsons; sister Charlotte (Gene) Sailors, Fargo, N.D.; brother in law Merril Howrey, Rogers, Arkansas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Laurence Cox, her parents, brother in law Don Cox and sisters in law, Margaret Cox and Carlene (Cox) Howrey. Pat will be remembered as being a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother for her dedication to the values of hard work, honesty, kindness, fairness and faith in God. Memorial services were held Monday, November 23, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Concordia with Rev. Tessa Zehring and Rev. Ken Parker officiating. Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, Concordia, was in charge of the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. The obituary for Pat was written by her sister Charlotte. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.