KING WILLIAM—Margaret Dorothea Holberton Cox, 98, died August 24, 2017, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothea “Dottee” and Robert Green in King William. Her beloved husband, The Reverend Arthur Hume Cox, predeceased her.
Margaret was born on a farm, which she loved, in Ivy on June 19, 1919. She was the daughter of the late Mary Alice Whately Holberton and Richard Bartle Holberton. Three brothers, Richard Whately Holberton, Walter Edmund Holberton and Philip Vaughan Holberton, preceded her in death.
Margaret attended St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and graduated from State Teachers College (Longwood College) in Farmville. She taught elementary school in Fork Union where she met her future husband, Hume.
Margaret and her husband, Hume, made their home wherever her husband, an Episcopal minister, was called to serve, from Lynchburg to Nelson County to Farmville, N.C., to Emporia and to Heathsville.
Margaret loved her friends, quilting, knitting, sewing, gardening and most of all her family. She was devoted to the Episcopal Church and a leader in establishing events to build community involvement and contributions to those in need. Church members often felt they got two ministers for the price of one.
Her daughter, Dorothea “Dottee” Hume Cox Green and husband, Robert H. Green; and her son, Herbert Bartle Cox and wife, Evelyn Crews King Cox, of Lottsburg, survive her. Other survivors are her grandsons, Richard Mark Cox and wife, Susan Dillon Cox, Herbert David Cox and wife, Alison Nyhof Cox, Robert Hume Green and wife, Carter Lee Purvis Green; step-granddaughters, Susan Green Nance and Sandra Green Cluverius and husband, Jimmy Cluverius; four great-granddaughters; a great-grandson and two stepgreat-granddaughters.
The family is grateful for her life so filled with love and all who enriched it. Special thanks to her “Angels,” Diane Harvey and Sandra “Nae” McDaniel, and to members of Bon Secours Hospice who gave her and her family such loving care and comfort.
A memorial service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 2, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville.
Arrangements are made by B.W. White Funeral Home in Aylett.
The family asks in lieu of flowers to consider donations to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 40, Heathsville, VA 22473; or St. David’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 125, Aylett, VA 23009.
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