Ruth Ann Cox

MUNISING, MI. – Ruth Ann Cox, age 81, a lifelong Munising resident, died at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, February 20, 2014 at the Tendercare Health Center in Munising following a lengthy illness.

She was born on October 9, 1932 in Munising to the late Arthur and Stella (Barrow) Monette. Ruth Ann graduated from Sacred Heart School and then Wm. G. Mather High School in 1950.

She married James Edward Cox on July 17, 1950. Ruth Ann was a homemaker and was raising their family when Jim was serving in the U.S. Air Force. After his discharge, she attended Northern Michigan University. In 1961, she went to work in the bookkeeping department at Peoples State Bank. Ruth Ann took a three year leave when Becky was born, but returned to the bank in May of 1968. She elevated to V.P./Cashier and retired after forty years of service to PSB. Even after her retirement, Ruth Ann continued to serve as a consultant. Her banking career was more than a job. She embraced the bank family and community from her desk on Superior Street. Ruth Ann was a mentor, colleague and friend to many in the banking field.

She was a past president of the Alger County Chamber of Commerce, a charter member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Alger County, a member of the BCBS Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan and a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church.

Ruth Ann enjoyed traveling with Jim, camping, playing cards and board games, singing karaoke, taking trips to the casino and scratching off lottery tickets. Ultimately, she treasured her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was lovingly nicknamed Gramma Sally, Rooty Tooty, and Aunty Sam along with many other endearments.

Ruth Ann is survived by her husband of over sixty-three years Jim Cox of Munising; son and daughter-in-law Jimmy II and Jeannie Cox of Atlanta, GA; daughters and sons-in-law Sue and Gary Schertz of Christmas and Becky and Jim Schierschmidt of Munising; grandchildren Jason, Gary Lee (Alyssa), Jennifer (Beau), Kris (Brock), A.J. (Erin) and Samantha; great-grandchildren Abby, Garrett, Logan, Lexi, Jazel, Mia, Anna, Alex, Sage and Reed; brothers Joe Monette of Munising and Don Monette of Williamston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Debra, sister Jean Monette, sisters-in-law Carol and Pat Monette and great-grandsons Devon and James.

Visiting time with family and friends will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a time to share stories and memories about Ruth Ann. At 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Father Ben Paris will celebrate Ruth Ann’s memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Munising. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials in Ruth Ann’s name may be directed to the Kiwanis Club of Alger County, P.O. Box 364, Munising, MI 49862 or Sacred Heart Church, P.O. Box 99, Munising, MI 49862.

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