Sheila Margaret Cox, age 83, died of complications of lung cancer on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Sheila is survived by her husband, Joseph Cox; her sons Daryl and Stephen Cox; her daughter Lisa Marie Summers; her seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her sons David and Russell Cox, and her brother Robert Burden.
Sheila was born April 9, 1934 in Romford, England to parents Marie Williams and Len Burden. She was raised by her grandparents and endured the German Blitz in London during WWII. In her early 20’s, she left England to be an au pair in the U.S. She lived in Los Angeles for a few years until becoming a military wife and ultimately giving birth to five children.
Sheila loved to travel and being the wife of a soldier found her living all around the world. Her family made military homes in Germany, Australia, Mississippi, California, North Dakota, Florida, Colorado and Idaho, and after her husband’s military retirement, they moved to Maryland before finally retiring in California. She worked numerous jobs but ultimately opening her own travel agency was the most fulfilling.
During her free time, Sheila enjoyed traveling, painting, sewing, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband, her dog Tiffany and her grandchildren, telling stories of her life and sharing her British heritage.
Sheila was an Aries who loved the spotlight, had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. Once while waiting in a line, a person cut in front of her. Sheila did not cause a fuss, but instead looked to her daughter and voiced loudly “Dirt before the broom….”.
Sheila Cox had a large, extravagant personality and will be greatly missed.