Ruby B. Cox, 95, of Gainesville, Fl passed away on August 15, 2020 at North Florida Regional
Hospital. She was born on April 4, 1925 in Cooleemee, NC to Samuel and Lillie Jarvis Bailey. She
left her hometown to become a nurse, and while serving as an Air Force nurse she met a
patient, William Ansel Cox, who became her husband in 1952. Ansel was a career Air Force
officer, so they moved often during their marriage. During this time, Ruby worked as an RN on
and off as she and her husband raised their two sons. In 1974, they settled in Gainesville, Fl. An
avid reader, Ruby volunteered at Friends of the Library for 25 years. She loved to travel and she
was a long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Ruby, known to many as “Ms.
Ruby” was a beautiful soul. She was kind, caring, thoughtful, and very independent and she
endeared herself to so many. She was well-loved by friends and family alike. Ruby was
preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and three brothers Clarence, Eugene and
Kenneth, better known as Bud. She is survived by sons Alan Cox (Dawn) and Tom Cox (Kathy)
and grandchildren, Phillip Cox and Hayley Cox. Services will be held at a later date.
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Dear Alan and Tom, Ruby and I were great friends while I was Sr. Pastor of Trinity UMC for 22 years. I would always stop by where she was sitting in the first service and have a warm visit. She was always positive and uplifting, providing a wonderful start to my Sunday morning. And she loved her volunteer work at the Friends of the Library. Blessings.
Ms. Ruby was a dear neighbor, friend, and fictive grandma. We love you and miss you.