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Mary Deania (Deanie) Williams Cox was born September 16, 1927 in Dallas. Texas. She died at 93 in Houston on November 28, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray Miller Cox, and her parents Ina Mary and William Wallace Williams. She is survived by six children and their spouses: Ginger and Jim Moon, Dixie and Ron Messner, Carol and Milo Burdette, Michael and Stephenie Cox, Amy and Mark Watkins and Molly and Mike Wright. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Andrew Williamson, Maris Watkins Steward, Lindsay Watkins Van Antwerp, Molly Watkins, Gianna Cox, Lily Katherine Cox, Ava Michelle Cox, Tyler Wright, Rachel Wright and 2 great grandchildren Stella Williamson and McCoy Steward. She will be missed by her loyal and loving caregivers Chita Cerna and Hayder Abbas.
Mary Deania Williams married Ray Cox June 20, 1945. They were long term residents of Mexia, Texas and moved to Houston in 1972. In 1998, they returned to the place they called home, Mexia, and built their dream house in the country. Mary Deania was a devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother. Her life work was making them all happy. In 2010, she and Ray returned to Houston to be closer to family. It is there that she spent her time doting on her husband, children, grandchildren, and beloved dog, Babe.
During her life she was a teacher, extraordinary artist and horticulturist. Her collection of bromeliads and orchids was beyond compare.
In honor of Mary Deania, donations may be made to First Methodist Church of Mexia where several generations of her family attended and were Christened. Donations may also be made to Crossroads Hospice, Houston, Texas for the loving care they gave her during her last years.
A graveside service will be held in Mexia, Texas, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 with Rev. Jen Pick officiating.
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