Edna Fern Cox


Edna Fern Cox, 87, of Clinton, MO passed away on March 17, 2023, at Golden Valley Hospital. Fern was born November 25, 1935, in Plattsburg (Mecca), Missouri, to John W. Wortman and Ethyl C. (Ruschaupt) Wortman. Fern graduated with the 1953 class of Birch Tree High School.
Fern was married to Oliver E. Cox, August 24, 1956. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
For many years, Fern worked for the city of Grandview, Missouri. She retired as City Clerk of Grandview, Missouri, February 1, 1998.
Fern enjoyed raising her children through little league sports, going to the lake, fishing, and gardening. Although she was preceded in death by her husband, following retirement, she built a house and moved to Truman Lake to live out the dream that she and Oliver had for so many years. After moving to Truman Lake, Fern became active with the Mt. Zion Methodist Church and the local women’s club. Fern also enjoyed wildlife and bird watching. She became an accomplished artist, painting numerous outdoor and wildlife scenes.
Fern is survived by Gertrude Lanier (sister), Bob Wortman (brother), three children Michael (Cindy) Cox, Kathryn (Michael) Byrnes, Steven (Sheila) Cox, five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family of Fern Cox wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Golden Valley Hospital, Clinton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center and Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
Services were held March 22, 2023, at Mt. Zion UMC in Deepwater, MO. Visitation preceded the service. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Deepwater, MO. Memorial was Ronald McDonald House.