GALESBURG - Frances Viola (Van Sickle) Cox, 96, Galesburg, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg. She was born Jan. 19, 1920, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Clifton and Christine Sanding Van Sickle. She married Walker M. Cox in Wayland, Missouri, on June 21, 1941. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2012. At that time they had been married for 71 years. Frances is survived by three sons, Steven (and Ann) Cox of Macomb, Courtney (and Donna) Cox of Monmouth, and Andrew (and Connie) Cox of Galesburg; a daughter, Christine (and Joe) Russo of Galesburg; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded by a brother and four sisters. Frances worked in food service with the Galesburg CUSD 205 for 10 years, retiring Nov. 1, 1981. She was a 1938 graduate of La Crosse Central High School and attended the State Teachers College in La Crosse. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Galesburg First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Shawn Smith officiating. Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Illinois, 640 North LaSalle Drive, Suite 280, Chicago, IL 60654 or to her church. Online condolences may be left at www.h-p-w.com.
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