January 27, 1951-July 13, 2016
Donna Cox passed away peacefully at her home in Newark, Delaware on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Cumberland, Maryland, Donna was a graduate of Northern Garrett High School. She received her nursing degree from the University of Maryland where she met her future husband Tom, who was finishing dental school. Donna applied her nursing degree in various specialties including intensive care at the University of Maryland, dialysis nursing at Christiana Hospital, private duty pediatric nursing, and as a school nurse for The Independence School.
While working as a private duty nurse, Donna was also the co-founder of her own sweatshirt business, Classics by Fradon. Donna enjoyed spending time at their Deep Creek Lake house in Maryland. Watching her children and grandchildren grow up was a special part of her life. Donna’s other hobbies included watching college sports, interior decorating, and finding a good deal! She was also a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hockessin, Delaware. Donna will forever be remembered for her strength, resilience, and compassion for others.
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Earl Haenftling, mother Mildred Haenftling, and husband of 39 years, Thomas Cox. She is survived by her two daughters, Erin Cox O’Leary (Dennis) and Laura Harris (David); her grandchildren Emersyn and Logan O’Leary and Charlotte Harris; and her sister Carol Ann Wildesen (John).
The family would like to thank the staff of Vitas Hospice Care and all of the terrific friends and family who provided support with a meal, a hug, a note, or a visit.
A memorial service for Donna Cox will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Deerfield Country Club, 507 Thompson Station Rd., Newark, where visitation will begin at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 2033 Graves Rd., Hockessin, Delaware, 19707, or the Emmanuel Dining Room, 121 N. Jackson St., Wilmington, DE 19805.