SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. – Claire (Wunder) Cox, 99, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, formerly of Fort Dodge, Iowa, entered God’s kingdom Tuesday, February 26 at home.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7-8 pm at Christy Smith Funeral Home with a service at 7:30. Another visitation will be at Gunderson’s Funeral Home in Fort Dodge on Friday, March 1 from 11:00-11:30 with a service and internment immediately following.
Claire was born on April 11, 1913, in Jolley, Iowa, although according to family ancestry findings her actual birthdate was in 1912. Soon after that, the family moved to a farm in Ware, Iowa. In Claire’s teen years, her parents retired from farming and moved to Des Moines where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1929.
After completing high school, Claire was employed by JC Penney in Des Moines. While in Des Moines, Claire worked with Sam Walton (Wal-Mart), spent evenings at the Moon Light Inn where she knew Dutch Reagan (President Reagan), and even met JC Penney himself. In Des Moines she became an avid golfer and won many tournaments.
She met her husband Clifton Cox in Des Moines. They were married on November 9, 1946, in Kansas, and moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he was a schoolteacher.
Claire was a stay at home mom until their daughter Marilyn left for college. At that time, Claire was employed by Earl May Garden Center, and ended her working career as front desk manager at the Holiday Inn.
She moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska, after the death of her husband. Claire enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards, and dining out. She will be remembered for her wonderful pies, potato salad, and ribs. Claire was a member of the Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City.
Survivors include her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Bruce Kelly, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, granddaughters Karyn, also of South Sioux City, and Annie of Vermillion, South Dakota. She is also survived a sister-in-law Mary (Bill) Cox of Des Moines, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter Karen, her parents, and eight brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers in Sioux City are Gary Kaiser, Bob Jensen, Kent Greenleaf, Dr. Don Wender, Alan Gibson, and Dan Dykstra.
Fort Dodge pallbearers are John Goode, Bob Cox, Kenny Freund and Steve Grettenburg.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Siouxland.