Lora passed on to glory at the Oregon Veterans Home in the arms of her daughters and in the presence of the Delta angels Monday evening, March 28.
She was born in Fort Sumner, N.M., the fifth of nine children to Vance and Genola Wilson. She grew up in Fort Sumner and upon graduation from high school went to work at Clovis Air Force Base where she met and married the love of her life, Master Sargent Earle W. Cox on December 6, 1944.
Lora lived in The Dalles for 60 years and worked at Carpenters Local 1896 for 25 of those years. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a staunch Democrat. Lora loved her pets, her flowers, her daily walks and her family. She could often be seen walking up the hill above her home with three or four cats, a dog, and frequently a grandson or daughter trailing behind.
Lora is survived by her daughters, Susan Gibson and Marian Starnes of Appleton, Wash., two grandsons, Daniel E. Gibson (wife Megan) of Madison, Wis., and Matthew Storm of Portland, Ore., and one great-grandson, Sam Gibson; two sisters, Jene Morris and Ida Barclay, New Mexico, and one brother, Howard Wilson, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Earle, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Private graveside services to be held on Saturday, April 2, followed by public memorial services at 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church with Pastor Adam Jenkins officiating.
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