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LeROY — Goldie Kirby Cox, 98, LeRoy, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011) at the LeRoy Manor. 

Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the LeRoy United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mary Louise Haxton will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Farmer City. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Kirby Funeral Home, Homer, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LeRoy Garden Club or an organization of the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Cox was born Sept. 27, 1913, in Bellflower, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Stiles Lappin. She married Eugene Kirby on March 31, 1935, in Saybrook. He passed away in May 1971. She later married Roy Cox on Oct. 6, 1979. He passed away in March 1980. 

Survivors include one daughter, Martha Riddle, Irvine, Calif.; two sons, Merle (Karen) Kirby, LeRoy, and Myron (Sandra) Kirby, LeRoy, (recently moved). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Mary Sue Furtney; one grandson, Lonnie Kirby; two sisters; and two brothers.

Mrs. Cox was affiliated with the Christian faith. She was a homemaker and farmwife for many years. She was a member of the LeRoy Garden Club, Farmer City Legion Auxiliary Unit 55, INT Card Club of Farmer City, the Moose Lodge and the Eagles.

Goldie’s hobbies included the love of dancing (where she would often go multiple times per week); and she loved fishing and gardening, with interest in growing all types of flowers, and she loved spending time with her family. 

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