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Ruby B. Cox

Ruby B. Cox, 95, of Gainesville, Fla., died on Aug. 15, 2020 at North Florida Regional Hospital.

She was born on April 4, 1925 in Cooleemee to Samuel and Lillie Jarvis Bailey. She left her hometown to become a nurse, and while serving as an Air Force nurse she met a patient, William Ansel Cox, who became her husband in 1952. He was a career Air Force officer, so they moved often. She worked as a registered nurse on and off as she and her husband raised their two sons. In 1974, they settled in Gainesville. A reader, she volunteered at Friends of the Library for 25 years. She loved to travel and she was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Known to many as “Ms. Ruby,” she was a beautiful soul, kind, caring, thoughtful, and independent.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and 3 brothers Clarence, Eugene and Kenneth “Bud.”

Survivors: sons, Alan Cox (Dawn) and Tom Cox (Kathy); and grandchildren, Phillip Cox and Hayley Cox.

Services will be held at a later date.