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The Carthage Press
  • Tridean “Teddy” Cox

  • Tridean “Teddy” Cox, 87, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo.
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  • Tridean “Teddy” Cox, 87, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo.
    Born Dec. 13, 1925 in Carthage, she was the only child of the Rev. Benton B. Wood and Mabel Otelia Myer (Wood).
    She spent her early years in Carthage and attended Mark Twain Elementary School. Tridean went on to graduate from Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She later received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
    She married George C. Cox in 1950.  He preceded her in death in 2003. Over the years, they lived in several locations as he pursued his career at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Draper Lab, NASA and M.I.T. 
    Tridean lived in Reading, Mass. from 1960-1986, coming back to Carthage to retire.
    She taught second grade at the Meadow Park School in Torrance, California. She also taught in the Chicago area.
    She spent 12 years as photographer for the Reading Daily Times Chronicle  (now the Reading Advocate) in Reading, Mass. She was featured in a special section of that newspaper upon her retirement, prior to returning to Missouri to live in the same home in which she was raised. 
    She attended the First United Methodist Church of Carthage and was a member of the Altar Guild.
    Survivors include one daughter, Robin Smith, son-in-law, Stephen E. Smith, and grandson Oliver Smith, all of Carthage.
    Teddy Cox loved gardening, photography, friends and family and her surroundings, especially her roses. She took pride in her Norwegian heritage. She was known for her kindness and she always saw the best in everyone. She lived a long, happy and fulfilling life and now rests peacefully. 
    A private funeral service is planned.

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