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Karen Olivia Cox
May 1943 September 2009
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Karen O. Cox, 66, of Westley, passed away at her home on Sept. 19. There will be a celebration of life at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 at College Avenue Congregational Church in Modesto.
Karen was born in Ukiah, Calif. to Oliver and Lena Quick in May of 1943. Raised in Ukiah, she attended Santa Rosa J.C., received a B.A. degree from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, and a teaching degree from U.C. Berkeley. Karen taught high school in Daly City until she married Bill Cox in 1971. She continued to teach at Sight & Insight in Mill Valley and also in Mendocino. Karen was the co-founder and visionary manager of the Just Tomatoes business since 1985.
Karen was an avid reader, gardener and naturalist. She always looked for new ways to artistically express herself. She was a treasured person to all she touched and taught, always striving to improve her world. She was instrumental in rallying public support to put out the huge tire fire in Westley in 1999.
Karen is survived by her husband, Bill Cox of Westley; son, Matthew Cox of Westley; daughter, Megan Cox of Santa Barbara; mother, Lena Quick of Ukiah; and brothers, Dick Mazzanti of Ukiah and Ken Quick of Nampa, Idaho.
The family prefers memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to: O’Hanlon
Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941
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