Mary Lou Cox
June 20, 1935 - June 26, 2021

Mary Lou Cox

Mary Lou Cox
Jun 20, 1935 - Jun 26, 2021

Mary Lou Cox

NEW BOSTON, Illinois - Mary Lou Cox, 86, of Eliza, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at home.

Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Eliza Community Church. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Lou was born on June 20, 1935, in Muscatine, the daughter of Raleigh and Gertrude Hecht Rieke. She married Charles LeRoy Cox on November 25, 1955, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death in 2017.

She worked in the feed service for over 40 years. She started out at Eliza Feed Mill and later joined Hanson's Feed Service. She worked the last 25 years of her career with Stan and Karla Boruff at County Line Argri Service in Buffalo Prairie.

Mary Lou was a faithful member of the Eliza Community Church and Eliza Ladies Aide. She enjoyed working and visiting with people. Mary Lou cared about everyone. She fell in love with the Eliza Community and always put her faith and family first. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and passed her love for the Hawkeyes down to her grandchildren.

Mary Lou is survived by her children, Denise Marston (Randy) of Joy, and Tim Cox (Tammy) of Eliza; six grandchildren, Ryan Cox (Dorothy), Evan Marston (Michelle), Dustin Marston (Sarah), Kevin Cox (Ann Utter), Ashley Bierman (Vicente Larios), and Brittany Hessman (Mark); 19 great grandchildren, Kiersten, Autumn, Colby, Brylee, Carmen, Chloee, Kinzee, Tenlee, Collin, Chase, C.J., Carlee, Kendall, Adam, Cruz, Grayson, Kara, Carson, and Nora; sister, Darlene Mische of Palatine, sister-in-law, Roberta Rieke of Camdenton, Missouri, brother-in-law, Ralph 'Red' Cox (Sharon) of Dolliver, Iowa, sister-in-law, Elaine Czerwinski (Mark) of Moline, and sister-in-law, Peg Cox of Eliza; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Patrice; grandson, Adam Marston; brother, Richard Rieke; and brothers-in-law, Sterling Mische and Kenny Cox.


Larry Kirkland on Jun 29, 2021

CandleSorry I was unable to be with the Cox family at this time but my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mary Lou was a very special person.

Martin and Patricia Conway on Jun 28, 2021

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mary Lou.
May a gentle breeze blow a benediction over her place of rest in gratitude for
her lifetime of service to so many.

Jake and Laura Long on Jun 28, 2021

Denise, Randy and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hugs to you all.

Jeff and Cathy Hendriks on Jun 28, 2021

Such a nice lady. Haven't seen in years. We bought 3 Bassett Hounds from them in the 80's & 90's. Have never forgot coming there and seeing all those long eared puppies.

Martha Hill-Leeper, daughter of Eileen on Jun 28, 2021

Very sorry to hear of this. Charles was my great uncle, and I send condolances from myself and my mother, Eileen Sohn-Hill. Rest in peace, precious soul.

Linda Eldridge on Jun 27, 2021

Mary Lou was one of the sweetest women I’ve known. She was always very caring. My sympathies to all of the family, especially Denise and Tim.

Linda S Svoboda on Jun 27, 2021

Hugs to the family



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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
10:00 AM
Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.

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