Laurel June Cox, 87, of Long Creek, died March 23, 2010, at her home. No services are planned at this time.

Mrs. Cox was born June 6, 1922, at home in Round Basin, the fourth of seven children, to Lena Stier Graves and Roy Graves.

She attended school in Round Basin, riding horseback or walking each day, through grade eight. She stayed out of school for two years while her younger sister, Betty Jo, finished grade school, returning as a freshman at Long Creek High School.

At age 16, she met and married Jim Cox in Vancouver, Wash., in 1938. They settled in the Peabody home, in a line shack, below Long Creek, where they had little more than electricity powered by a wind charger. He worked cattle for Jack French, while she was a homemaker, raising their children Jimmy Cox and Jessie Paul Cox.

Later they moved to Pendleton, living in an apartment for a short time before moving to Riverside. He continued to work for Jack French on Butler Creek, while she gardened, canned, sold Avon and cared for their home.

In the late 1950s, they purchased acreage near the Pendleton Sewage Plant. She harvested eggs, milk and canned goods from her garden, and grew a large variety of flowers, roses being her favorite.

She enjoyed bird watching, fishing and playing Pinochle. A self-taught seamstress, she was also an avid knitter and quilter. She even had her own arbor and made her own wine.

She worked for the East Oregonian and enjoyed traveling. Her favorite summer place was the Ritter Hot Springs; she and her husband also took several trips to Hawaii.

Survivors include her son, Jessie Paul Cox of Pendleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Cox; son, Jimmy Cox; sisters, Evelyn, Myrtle, Thelma, Betty Jo and Donna; and her brother, Le Roy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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