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Cox, Regina A.

Cox, Regina A.

August 15, 1926 — October 7, 2021

After 95 years of a life well loved, Regina Alice Cox passed away peacefully on October 7, 2021. Gene, as her friends and family called her, grew up in Kansas City, one of eight children born to Frank and Serra Maggard. At age 21, Gene married Thomas P. Cox, Jr., and over their 62 years in partnership they raised nine children in the Catholic faith. They also welcomed twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Longtime members of Visitation Parish and then St. Thomas More, Gene and Tom went to daily Mass together until Tom passed away in 2010. They shared a commitment to service and exhibited that by volunteering for more than two decades at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After Tom’s death, Gene continued attending daily Mass and serving her family, church and community.

Gene was a force of nature. She was a skilled listener who provided a calming voice in any storm. Through the years, she gently and forcefully guided her children to do their best and be their best, always remembering to lead with love. Her grandchildren and greats saw her eyes light up and her arms open up when they visited. She loved seeing them and spoiling them. Her warm spirit, gigantic smile, silly sense of humor and squishy hugs will be sorely missed.

In life and after death Gene was generous. Her ultimate gift was the donation of her body to the Willed Body Program at Kansas University Medical Center. Her noble donation will advance medicine and help future generations of physicians and patients.

Gene was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Tom. Lifelong baseball fans, together again, Gene and Tom now move into extra innings with their love.

Gene leaves behind her nine children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren and three greats.

Tom and Gene placed a premium on access to higher education. With that in mind, the family respectfully requests donations to the Tom and Gene Cox Scholarship Fund at Rockhurst University.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 N.E. Shady Lane, Gladstone, MO 64118 on Friday, November 12, 2021. The Rosary will begin at 11 a.m. CT, followed by a Visitation at 11:30 a.m. CT and the Funeral Mass at 12:00 p.m. CT.

Service Information

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 N.E. Shady Lane, Gladstone, MO 64118 on Friday, November 12, 2021. The Rosary will begin at 11 a.m. CT, followed by a Visitation at 11:30 a.m. CT and the Funeral Mass at 12:00 p.m. CT.

Cox, Regina A.'s Guestbook

Gene personified grace, dignity and quiet strength. I remember her zest for life, her curiosity and can-do attitude. I will always treasure the privilege of knowing this beautiful and magnificent woman.

Lauren See

Jenn, Lucy and Sam, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family all during this time. We know the love you all shared with your precious grandmother and the sweet memories you hold dear to your hearts! She lived a full and blessed life but more importantly she loved and served our faithful God! We love each of you, Perry and Brenda

Perry & Brenda Walton

My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and friends! Enjoy the good times and memories! Lynn & Della Soendker

Lynn Soendker

My beautiful sister Genie will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and loving care. She was a shining example of a faithful mother, sister, daughter and friend. Genie’s laughter and sense of humor brightened our lives, and I thank God for her presence in my life. Barbara ( Tootsie) Maggard costello

Barbara costello

Sorry for your loss.Gene was a really great person I will miss her .My prayers go out to her family

Leslie Foster

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