Mable Cox


(April 25, 2003)

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Lovell LDS Stakehouse for Mable Cox, 85, who died early Friday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She was born to Ernest Alfred Taylor and Laura Ann (Ballard) Taylor in Lovell on Oct. 17, 1917. Her mother died when she was 5 and her brother, Kenneth, was 3. She was raised by her grandparents in Salt Lake City, spending her summers with her aunts and uncles.

She received her education at West High School in Salt Lake City and went on to beauty school. She married Joseph Earl Gividen on June 1, 1936, in Mapleton, Utah. They were later divorced.

She supported her two daughters waiting tables in Lovell at the Rose Bowl Cafe. On June 2, 1945, she married Basil (Brig) Hugh Cox in Cody.

They lived in Lovell for the next nine years, spending the summers on the Big Horn Mountains at their sawmill camp with his brothers and families. Then for the next 20 years, they moved their family from one town to the next as he helped to build LDS chapels. Home was all over the Big Horn Basin, the Puget Sound and eastern Washington state.

From 1974 until her death, she made her home in the Big Horn Basin.

She loved to garden and cook. She used her culinary talents from sawmill crews, restaurants and school cafeterias to wedding cakes and Christmas chocolates.

She was an active member of the LDS Church and served as president of the Relief Society and Primary. Her family will recall she had a love and a smile for all she met, and she will be missed by the many lives she touched.

Survivors include her children, Laura (Ted) Bryant of Newport, Wash., Earlene (Don) Carey of Thermopolis, Seth (Tamra) Cox of Grantsville, Utah, Virginia (Brad) Nelson of Kirkland, Wash., Terry (Jared) Hepworth of Rexburg, Idaho, and Nancy (Jim) Brown of Powell; daughter-in-law Carolyn Cox of Byron; 31 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law Lucy Cox of Lovell, brother-in-law Alvord (Slim) Cox and wife LaVene of Clifton, Idaho, and sister-in-law Mildred Cox of Vancouver, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Hugh Cox; brother Kenneth Taylor; son Kenneth Bruce Cox; and grandchildren Andrew, Dean, Mark, Jon Lee, Joseph, Natalie and Nathon; and great-granddaughter Jessica.