Pauline June Cox, 81, passed away peacefully with her daughter and granddaughter by her side on August 21, 2019. She was born in the logging town of MacGregor, Idaho to Max and Margaret Millspaugh on February 14, 1938. She liked to joke that she was “older than the lake” since MacGregor was later covered by Cascade Lake. Her family later moved to New Meadows, Idaho and then to Homedale, Idaho, where she grew up on a small farm and loved to ride her horse, Deacon. She attended school in Homedale and graduated from Homedale High School in 1956. She met her first husband Aaron Bright in Homedale. They had a son and a daughter, Matthew and Marla. She lived for a time in Madras, Oregon and Weiser, Idaho, where she later worked as a bank teller for Idaho First Bank. Later she moved back to Homedale and continued to work as a bank teller and homemaker. She always loved the outdoors and frequently went camping and fishing with her family. She loved the annual fall hunting trips to the family ranch and homestead near Jordan Valley, Oregon, and the numerous trips to Silver City, Idaho, where her mother was born.
Pauline later married Darrel Cox of Homedale and traveled with him to many places while working as a bookkeeper for A and J Construction. She spent one summer living in the wilds of Alaska and another summer living on the rim of the Grand Canyon. She always loved to travel and see new things. She also learned to fly and flew solo from Homedale to places like Baker City and Burley. Pauline was never afraid to try new adventures.
Later in life when she was single she continued to travel and take on new challenges. She moved to Garibaldi, Oregon for a time and worked for Tillamook Cheese. She loved her time on the Oregon coast. She then moved to Caldwell, Idaho to be closer to friends and family and worked as a bookkeeper for Denny Aircraft Company and later learned to build and inspect computers at Micron. At the age of 63 she passed the test to become an airline reservation agent for Alaska Airlines where she continued to work part-time until the age of 76. She used her travel privileges at Alaska to continue to travel and generously provided free travel passes to her friends and family.
She is survived by her children, Marla Mount (husband RayDean) and Matthew Bright (wife Pamela), as well as her grandchildren, Sherae Mount, Dustin Mount, Samuel Bright, Benjamin Bright, and Elisa Bright. She has 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. She is also survived by her sister Maxine Stimmel (husband Mark) of Homedale and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews in the local area.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on August 31 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 505 S Kimball Ave in Caldwell, Idaho.