February 5, 1935 - August 2, 2018
Esther Marie (Gilbert) Cox was a woman known for her love of God and family. She was always generous with her heart and her talent. She loved well, somehow making everyone she loved feel like her favorite person. This kind of love was a natural outpouring of the Love of God she had experienced so deeply herself. As the matriarch of her family, she has left her mark indelibly on their hearts. Esther Marie (Gilbert) Cox was born February 5, 1935 and went home to be with Jesus on August 2, 2018. A beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She is loved and known as she served as a wife of a minister, worked as a nurse to the elderly, and cooked for her family all with deep commitment, passion, and love. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Leonard Cox; her parents, Orville and Marcella (Russell) Gilbert; and her siblings, LaVerne (Dorothy) Gilbert, Elma (Frank) Haas, Opal (Hugh), Marcellene (Charles) Jones, Arvilla (Dave) Coy, and Leona (Don) Sanders. She is survived by her siblings Ken (Pat) Gilbert, Butch (Shirley) Gilbert, Edith (Tim) Singley, Viola Phillips, and LaVonne (Carroll) Taylor; daughters, Rosalie Cox and Barbara (Mark) Bettner; grandchildren Dorean (Joe) Reimer, Leslie (Jeff) Brashaw, Melissa (Garrett) Neuman, Matthew (Kristen) Bettner, and Sophia (Ryan) Myers; great grandchildren Wayde, Dylan, and Hazel Reimer; Jena, Hunter, and Joslyn Brashaw; Grant, Hayden, and Stella Rose Neuman; Austin, Alexis, Colt, and Margaret Bettner; Grace Charlotte Rose, and Ava Myers; and many, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday August 6, 2018 at Pecatonica Baptist Church. Pastor David Myers and Pastor Gregg Farmer will officiate. Visitation will be 2:30 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. Please sign Esther's guestbook and share a remembrance at www.burketubbs.com.
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