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“Mrs. Cox was a role model for many of us. She will always be remembered. My deepest sympathy, so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Dolores Montañez - Montrose, CO

“Doris was such a wonderful Catholic woman, always concerned about the dear neighbor. When I first came to Sterling, she invited and encouraged me to...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Sister Philomene Reiland - IL

“Words cannot express how very sorry we are to hear about the loss of a great woman .We are in Arizona and wish we could be there . Our prayers...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Steve and Mary Ramos - Sterling, IL

“Sincere sympathies on the loss of your mother. May God comfort and give you peace as you celebrate her life and all her accomplishments. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Teresa Burnett Keag - Erie, IL

“My condolences to the family. Mrs. Cox was a wonderful teacher and a good mentor to her students. Peace to her family, Sincerely, Lydia Saucedo ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Lydia Saucedo Sjelkey - Sterling, IL


Sterling - Doris Marie Cox, 88, of Sterling, died peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home Sterling. Doris was born in Wyoming, IL on November 5, 1931, the daughter of Emery and Lorene (O'Neill) Barton. In 1950 Doris married Myron L. Cox and they had eight children. She began her teaching career in 1950 in a one-room school in Stark County retiring 50 years later as a professor at Sauk Valley Community College. She worked at many schools in the area, including St. Andrew's, St. Mary's, Rock Falls Elementary, and Newman Central High School. As well as teaching, she farmed with her family in the Wyoming and Prophetstown areas. During her retirement, Doris was very active in volunteer groups including the Sterling P.A.D.S. and several church circles.

It's best we mention for the record she was a firm believer in hard work and pulling your own weight. An avid bridge player she was also known to catch a flight to any point in the world when given the opportunity.

Doris is survived by four daughters, Catherine Rogers of Sterling, Mary (Philip Koenig) of Moline, Colleen (Mike Kelm) Cox of La Moille, and Ann Friel of Sterling; three sons, Myron Richard (Paula) Cox of Greenville, SC, Daniel Cox of Prophetstown, and Ralph (Sarah) Cox of Alexandria, VA; two brothers, Francis (Joan) Barton of Elmwood, James Barton of Sterling; sister-in-law Carole Barton of Prophetstown; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Doris is preceded in death by an infant son Joseph Cox; one granddaughter, Allison Kelm and one brother Larry Barton of Prophetstown.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral Mass will follow at 11am on Friday, January 24, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with P.A.D.S. Private family burial at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown at a later date.