Neva June Cox was born on June 1, 1931. She transitioned to the next life on April 10, 2018 at The Manor at Elfindale, Springfield Mo., after a year long battle with lung cancer.
Memorial services are pending. Pickering Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Neva was born to Timothy Enos Cox and Ida Amelia Miller-Cox, in Hot Springs, SD. She was the third child, with brothers Byron & Ethel. Her father was a rancher in Fall River County SD and Neva lived on the ranch along the Cheyenne River attending Coffee Flats School (a one room schoolhouse) until she left to attend high school in Hot Springs. After graduating in 1949, Neva took the train to Chillicothe Mo where she attended business school. Not long into her schooling, Neva had the opportunity to take a position with Mexico Refractories in Mexico Mo. She accepted, and took the train to Mexico to start her employment. The company sent a representative to meet her at the train station & help her find the hotel. The representative was W. D. Carter. After dating, they were married on October 19, 1952 at the old Methodist Church and were married until W.D.’s death in 2014. They had two daughters, Carla Jean & Nancy Ann. After taking some time off to be with their children, Neva went back to work with the same company, then known as Kaiser Aluminum. She stayed with the same company and retired in 1995.
Neva enjoyed her retirement. She was able to relax some, help with her grandchildren, Ian Carter & Erin Amelia Frazier and return to playing bridge & canasta. She was involved in the UMW (United Methodist Women) and always enjoyed the church bus trips.
Neva was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Ann Carter-Branigh and husband, W.D. She is survived by her brother Byron of Chadron NE, sister Ethel Shaffer of Hot Springs SD, daughter Carla (Carter) Frazier of Springfield Mo, grandchildren Ian & Erin Frazier of Springfield Mo, and Benjamin & Gabriel Branigh of Oak Harbor WA, niece, Jana Glyee Carter of Moberly and niece Shary Shaffer of Hot Springs, SD.
A special word of thanks to the entire staff at Elfindale for the wonderful care she received , as well as the kind people of Hospice Compassus, Springfield for their care. She also greatly appreciated all the cards she received from her Mexico friends this past year.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mexico United Methodist Church or area Animal Charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be given at pickeringfh.com