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Mildred (Mickey) Joane Cox (Culver)

October 10, 1947 — April 7, 2023

Mildred “Mickey” Joane Culver Cox

01/10/47 to 04/07/23


Mickey was born in Montrose Colorado to Ralph Cleo and Minnie Mae Culver on January 10, 1947. She was part of a large family where she was the third youngest of eleven children. Mickey was very close to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She went to school in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1965. After High School she went to Secretarial College. She then entered the work force as a secretary for Crystal Dam Project and Dr. Peak.

She met Gordon James “Jim” Cox, the love of her life, which she married in Montrose. Jim was in the Marine Corp, and they moved to North Carolina where he was stationed. They had a daughter there, Georgette. After Jim was discharged, they returned to Montrose. Not long after their return to Montrose, Jim was killed while hunting. Mickey carried on and completed the home they had begun to build.

She was an amazing mother to Georgette. Devoting a great deal of her time to her daughter and to her large family. She was always there for events of Georgette’s and for her nieces and nephews, always cheering them on. This devotion carried on when she became a grandma to Georgette’s two sons, Dustin and Cordell Stroud. She had many others that became her surrogate children and grandchildren that she there for and supported. She was so happy to become a great grandmother and when the family expanded again when Georgette married Chad, she was happy to have more grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mickey was a strong woman in all aspects. She was emotionally strong, a rock that supported people through just about anything and she did this in part to her spiritual strength. She had an incredible faith in God that helped carry her through life. She was also one of the strongest women physically. She showed this strength when she helped her brothers on construction sites and as an amazing athlete.

Mickey was a very good softball player and started playing softball with her sisters. She continued to play softball into her 40’s. The speed and force of her throws were incredible. She shared this love for softball with her daughter and many young ladies over the years as a coach. She taught them skills and a love for the game. She made the game fun.

She brought that fun into another skill of hers and that was for bowling. She was an amazing bowler and she bowled most of her life. She also shared her love for bowling as well and coached youth bowling. She was there every weekend to coach and haul bowlers all over the state for tournaments. She was very competitive, but she was there to have fun.

Mickey had an incredible sense of humor and love of life. Her laugh and smile would fill the room. She would be ready to have fun at a moment’s notice. Later some of that fun would be at bingo. She enjoyed going to bingo with her friends and family.

Mickey was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and friend. To say she will be dearly missed is an understatement but there are many of us that are truly blessed to know her and share part of this incredible life.

She left this world on April 7, 2023, at her home in Montrose, to join her husband and family that she has missed greatly.

She is proceeding in death by her husband Jim, her parents, Cleo and Minnie Culver, her brothers Ralph Jr, Richard, John, Robert, Frank, Dode, Lenard, and Oliver Culver, her sisters, Emma Cooley, and Patsy Stewart and grandson, Robert Black.  She is survived by her daughter, Georgette Black and her husband Chad, her grandsons, Dustin and Kayla Stroud, and Cordell and Heather Stroud, Chad and Jewel Black, and granddaughter Tasha Black and great grandchildren, Peyton and Logan Stroud, Leann, Aspen, Chesa, Aden, and Kolter Black, her sister Betty Richburg and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate Mickey’s life on April 28th, 2023, at 6 PM at the Montrose Elks Lodge, Montrose CO.  All those who knew Mickey are welcome to attend and share memories of her.

Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. 970-249-2121.

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