Janet Lareen Cox went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday evening, November 18th at approximately 10:30 p.m. She went peacefully, having spent the day surrounded by love, family, and friends.
Janet came into this world on October 31st, 1940. She was born to Coral Pearl Rice (nee Wyllie) and LeRoy Jennings Rice, and was welcomed by an older brother, Phillip LeRoy Rice.
Janet was a Boise native, and growing up she loved to ride horses and bikes with her cousins and neighborhood friends. She attended Whitney, Central, and Cole Elementary Schools, West Junior High, and was a member of Borah High School’s first graduating class in 1959. She went on to attend Biola University, then gained her B.A. in Elementary Education from C of I in 1963, and finally earned her M.A. in Education at NNU in 1999.
She married the love of her life and ministry partner, Richard H. Cox, in 1964 and spent the next 56 years working, ministering, teaching, and raising a family. Janet taught school in Boise, Fullerton, CA, Milwaukee, OR, Cupertino, CA, Meridian, and Greenleaf, ID.
She leaves behind her husband Richard, and two children, Nate and Coralyne. She will also be missed by her dear niece, Christine Sinibaldi (nee Rice), her daughter-in-law, Sina, as well as many beloved friends and neighbors.
Janet had a gift of encouragement, and could often be found quietly offering candid advice or wisdom to those needing it. She was used by God as a breath of fresh air and a ray of sunshine to so many.
In her last few years, Janet suffered from congenital heart failure, vision impairment, and difficulty breathing, however she did not let these physical challenges stop her from doing what she loved to do. She still could be found ministering to people, often offering them words of love and support, and pointing them towards truth and bolstering their faith through her love, wisdom, and encouragement.
Even though we will all miss her deeply, we’re happy to know she is home with the Lord, and can now walk, see, and breathe again! For those of us in Christ, we know we will see her again!
There is a memorial service scheduled at Sterry Memorial Church in Roswell, ID Saturday, November 28th at 1:00 p.m. Anyone who would like to take part in celebrating her life is welcome to attend.
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