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Obituary for Betty Ann Cox
Betty Cox, died December 23, 2020, at Heath Springs Residential Care Community from a multitude of ailments. Born in Kershaw, SC, she graduated from Kershaw High and earned her license in Cosmetology in Charlotte. Vibrant and extroverted, she was always up for an outing with girlfriends … trips to the beach, shopping, lunches, church outings, worship services … she was wonderful company on any excursion. Wherever she went, she was perfectly made up from head to toe. She loved her community and volunteered at the Lancaster nursing facility in her younger years, lovingly styling residents’ hair. In later years, she volunteered at CARE in Kershaw.
She had a sly sense of humor; signing her children up for AARP on their fiftieth birthdays because she wanted them to know what it felt like to be a Senior Citizen. Her correspondence almost always included a stick of gum or a funny or inspiring note jotted as an aside on her letters and cards.
Betty loved to have fun and was a delight to joke around with. When she visited the beach with her sister and friends, her daughter would steal her away and they would explore. “I wonder where that road goes?” Those words often found them in questionable neighborhoods or completely lost. But they were together and that’s all that mattered. They’d laugh their way back to civilization.
She was known for her sweet nature and easy sense of humor. She had a huge group of friends and family who loved her dearly and supported her and her family throughout the ups and downs of her final months.
Betty was first and foremost a devoted Christian; wherever she went, she shared her knowledge of the Bible’s teachings and her love for God. She sang His praises with passion and loved beautiful hymns. When troubles were afoot, her first advice? “Give it to God.” Her love of His beautiful world was a joy to see; in her yard full of colorful flowers she could often be found “digging in the dirt.”
She adored her dear mother Lena. Imagine their Heavenly reunion! In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her father, E.W. Cox, brothers Franklin, Isaac, Doc Ernest, E.W., Jr., Olin and Roy Cox; sisters, Leila Jane Spence, Evelyn Deaton, Elsie Lazarchick and Louise Kringle.
She is survived by her children, Sherri Estridge and her husband, John of Murrells Inlet, Tim Estridge and his wife, Regina of Kershaw, and her grandson Ryan Estridge of Jefferson; a sister, Mary Bayne of Charlotte, nieces, nephews, cousins and a huge assortment of friends whom she loved dearly. Betty Cox was a loving, doting mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and fabulous friend who will be remembered fondly and missed by all who knew and loved her.
Baker Funeral Home of Kershaw is assisting the family. Due to the COVID pandemic, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Her cremains will be placed beside her mother in the Kershaw City Cemetery.
“Joy” was defined as living on the edge of a laugh … (Author unknown, handwritten on a small note tucked inside correspondence from Betty)