Margaret ‘Dee Dee’ Cox

Margaret ‘Dee Dee’ CoxMargaret Ann “Dee Dee” Cox of Ridgecrest died Feb. 28, 2017, at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

Dee Dee was born to parents Florence and Thomas Rau on July 14, 1924, in West Branch, Mich., where she and her older sister Barbara spent their childhood. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Dee Dee played golf at West Branch Country Club and basketball at West Branch High School.

In 1941 Dee Dee began her nursing degree at Michigan State University and completed her schooling at the University of Michigan in 1945. Following school, Dee Dee moved to Modesto, Calif., to serve in the Army Nurse Corps at Hammond General Hospital.

After transferring to the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Pasadena, she met civil engineer John L. Cox, whom she married in 1953. Soon after that, the couple moved to China Lake where John worked on the naval base while Dee Dee devoted herself to raising their two children, Margaret and Barbara. She returned to her nursing career at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in the early 1970s.

Dee Dee was an active member in the Ridgecrest community, devoted parishioner and choir member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and well-respected colleague to other nurses. She was known for her consistent kindness, generosity and devotion to family and friends.

Dee Dee is survived by her daughters Margaret Cox of New Sharon, Maine, and Barbara Miras of Los Angeles; and granddaughters Beverly Miras of San Diego and Erika Miras of Miami. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Cox, and sister, Barbara Rau Evans.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to causes Dee Dee was passionate about: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Indian Wells Valley Concert Association, Doctors Without Borders or the ASPCA.

The family welcomes all members of the community to a memorial service and luncheon at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at noon on April 15.

– Submitted by the family of Dee Dee Cox

Story First Published: 2017-03-10