Alice Joan Cox, 68 of Brazil died December 3, 2005, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital following a year-long battle with cancer. She was born March 19, 1937, in Clay County, the daughter of Ralph and Mary Crabb Mustard. She was a seamstress for Reberger's Cleaners for several years and truly enjoyed her sewing work. As a young girl she attended the United Methodist Church at Knightsville. She was a life-long member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. In the past she worked at the Windbreaker Plant in Brazil. She had also been a waitress at several of the local clubs, and was known to the patrons there as "Sam." Her priority in life was her family. She enjoyed sewing for them, doing crafts for the grandkids, cooking for everyone, and "fixing anything." She was a beautiful spirit that was always alive with love and laughter. She did not know a stranger and was known to many as "Grandma." The cancer may have taken her body, but her spirit will always be alive in the hearts of those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph Mustard and Mary Mustard Killion; three brothers, Richard Mustard, Steve Mustard, and Danny Mustard; one sister Ella June Cash; and two sons, Steven A. Durbin, Sr. and Warren Dale Durbin.
She is survived by her husband James Roy Cox, Sr, whom she married December 28, 1968; her children, Sandy Hoffman and husband Brad of Terre Haute, Debbie Emrick and husband Mark, Richard Durbin, James Roy Cox, Jr., Ernest Ed Durbin and wife Judie, Bobbi J. Timpe and husband John, Tammy Young and husband James, Jane Ann Cox and Don Bryan, Terri L. Neeriemer and husband Jimmy all of Brazil and Joseph R. Cox and wife Angela of Elwood, IN; many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother Ralph Mustard and wife Debbie; two sisters, Lily "Bell" Killion and husband Albert and Delores Jane Laswell and husband Robert all of Brazil; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Sister Phoebe Kidwell officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and again Wednesday prior to services. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Clay County Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.