Cleda Audine Frost Cox passed away on July 8th, 2016 at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas with her children at her side. She was born November 1, 1927 in Midian, Kansas (three miles west of El Dorado) and lived 88 years. Her parents were Joseph and Mary McGee Frost. She had a twin sister that died at birth and three other sisters; Velma Farrar, Thelma Bidwell, and Greta Dugan. Her father was a farmer which likely contributed to her great love of her family farm in Chase County where she lived out her final years. She loved her house which was hand crafted by her son, Paul, from the 100 year old barn.
This is also where she met her husband, Lloyd G. Cox, who lived across the road. They were married on June 9th, 1945 and were married 59 years until separated by his death in 2004. They had four children; Virginia Robertson, Paul Cox, Carolyn Cox, and Carson Cox. Carolyn died at age 17 in a tragic car wreck. Cleda had three grandchildren; Dina, Caleb, and Carter.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Cleda was a devoted minister’s wife. She served churches in Stillwater, White City, Macksville, Kansas City, and Topeka. She was very passionate about teaching Sunday school, especially Parent Effectiveness Training while in Topeka. She always held leadership roles in Christian Women’s Fellowship. She gained her teaching skills from attending Manhattan Bible College. Cleda also worked as a nurses aid while they lived in Oklahoma and was a bookkeeper for General Electronics in Topeka for 14 years.
Besides her church activities, Cleda enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was especially fond of making bread. She frequently made enough homemade bread to share with her neighbors and delivered it hot out of the oven. She complimented her bread with home-canned apple butter. Cleda’s hands were seldom idle. She spent hours hand stitching quilts and sewing projects, and was so pleased with her daughter, Virginia’s success as a professional fabric and quilt designer. She was quite proud of her son Carson, who is a Fisheries Biologist for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Well done good and faithful servant.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 102 E 1st Ave., Newton KS 67114. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church, Women’s Disciples 102 E 1st Ave., Newton KS 67114. Her ashes will be interned beside her husband at the Wonsevu, KS cemetery.