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NameMildred Rosalee Cox
Birth12 Aug 1909, St. Louis, Missouri11,12,5,9
Birth Memo(lived on Compton Ave.)
Death7 Sep 1998, Lincoln County, Missouri9
Burial10 Sep 1998, Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, Pagedale, St. Louis County, Missouri9,13
Burial MemoCemetery street address - 2200 Pennsylvania, 63133
OccupationBank Clerk, Lindell Trust Company, St. Louis, Missouri
Cause of deathHigh blood pressure. Developed geriatric diabetes at age 83. Also had severe memory loss and dementia.
EducationBrown's Business College
ReligionSouthern Baptist
FatherGeorge Clarence Cox (1884-1956)
MotherParalee Malinda Brown (1886-1925)
Birth28 May 1908, Weakley County, Tennessee3,4,5,6,7,8
Death26 Oct 1979, St. Louis County, Missouri9,8
Death MemoMissouri Baptist Hospital
Burial28 Oct 1979, Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, Pagedale, St. Louis County, Missouri9
Burial MemoCemetery street address - 2200 Pennsylvania, 63133
OccupationBus Driver, Bi-State Transit Authority, St. Louis, Missouri10
Education8th Grade
ReligionSouthern Baptist
FatherOscar Lee Farmer (1872-1925)
MotherBeulah Maggie Richee (1885-1969)
Marriage12 Oct 1929, St. Louis, Missouri
Marr MemoCalvary Baptist Church
Notes for Mildred Rosalee Cox
Mildred's mother, Paralee Malinda Brown was an ill person for some time during her latter years. Mildred was about 16 years old when her mother died. Paralee had a nervous breakdown when Mildred was about 14 years old. Appearantly they did not know she had cancer at the time. She spent several months in a saniterium. Mildred thinks the sanitarium was in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. (The family lived in East St. Louis, Illinois at the time.) About two years later they discovered that she had cancer and she soon died.

Mildred recalls that the home was happy during her pre-adolescent years. When her mother's health began to decline, there was stress and frustration with the illness. The family appearantly did not know or understand that Paralee's health was declining due to the cancer. While Paralee was sick, Mildred had to assume the responsibilities of the housework.

Mildred had attended Brown's Business School rather than attend high school. After she was graduated, she secured a job with Shapley Hardware in downtown St. Louis. When they lived in East St. Louis, she could take a street car to work each day. However, her father was transferred to Alton, Madison County, Illinois and he decided to move there. Since she could not find convenient transportation from Alton to her work, Mildred accepted her Uncle Will and Aunt Evelyn Cox's invitation to stay with them in the Walnut Park neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri.

(At about 85 years of age, Mildred commented that she was about 15 years old when she went to work for Shapleigh Hardware. She stated that she did not go to high school. She graduated from the 8th grade at about age 13/14. She then went to Brown's Business College for about 1 year and then started at Shapleigh Hardware. She worked at Shapleigh hardware until she married Basil. I later substantiated this via a notation on her graduation picture she sent to her Aunt Nettie. It stated that she was graduated on 18 Jun 1925.)

While living in St. Louis, she met Alton and Edna Farmer at Calvary Baptist Church. Alton introduced her to his brother, Basil, and appearantly it was love at first sight. After a courtship of 3 months, Basil and Mildred were married on 12 October 1929.

Times were hard and Basil soon lost his job. His aunt and uncle, Bill and Lela (Sister) Medlock invited them to join them in Gleason Tennessee to help them on their potato farm. Mom and Dad always looked back on the year they lived there with fond memories. Dad worked on the farm and Mom learned the ways of farm living.

When they moved back to St. Louis, Mildred secured a job in a dress factory as a seamstress. She told them that she was an experienced seamstress, however, she learned while on the job.

For most of the years while raising their two boys, Larry and Bob, Mildred was a housewife and mother. After the boys were a little older, Mildred worked for a dress store in Jennings, Missouri as a sales lady. Later she was hired as a clerk at the Lindell Trust Company at Grand and St. Louis Avenue in St. Louis. She remained there until she retired in 1970.
Mildred R. Farmer: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - September 10, 1998
Deceased Name: Mildred R. Farmer
89, of Troy, died Monday (Sept. 7, 1998) at the Lincoln County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Troy.

Mrs. Farmer was a retired clerk at the Lindell Trust Co. in St. Louis. She had served as a Sunday school teacher for primary children at the West Florissant Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at McCoy and Blossom Funeral Home, 1304 Boone Street, Troy. The funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, 1000 North Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Louis County.

Among survivors are two sons, Larry D. Farmer of Troy and G. Robert Farmer Sr. of Florissant; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made American Cancer Society in care of McCoy and Blossom Funeral Home, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, Mo. 63379.

1910 Census
20 April 1910 Census, St Louis City, Missouri, Ward 16, Enumeration District 458, Sheet 7A, Household 135
Cox, Clarence Ge Head M W 25 M 2 ILL TX ARK Street Cart Conductor
Cox, Malinda wife F W 22 M 2 1 1 ILL ILL ILL
Cox, Lee M* son* M* W 8/12 S MO ILL ILL

*The enumerator listed Mildred Rosalee Cox as Lee M Cox and stated her as a male. The 8/12 age matches with her birth date of 12 Aug 1909. It is obvious that the enumerator made a mistake.
1920 Census
7 Jan 1920, Centralia, Marion County, Ilinois, Centralia Township, Ward 2, Supervisor’s District 15, Enumeration District 172, Sheet No. 10A. Home was rented, all could read and write, George was listed as a Boiler Maker for a railroad.
Cox, George head R M W 35 M ILL ILL MO
Cox, Paralee wife F W 32 M ILL ILL ILL
Cox, Mildred dau F W 9 S MO ILL ILL
Cox, Elwood son M W 7 S MO ILL ILL
1930 Census
18 Apr 1930 Census, St Louis City, Missouri, Ward 27, Precinct 13, Enumeration District No. 96-584, Supervisor’s District No. 8, Sheet 29A, Household 489, 5520 Partridge Avenue.

Cox, William E Head M W 38 M 23 . . .MO ILL ILL Boiler Maker, Steam Railroad
Cox, Evelyn A Wife H F W 35 M 20 . . . MO MO WIS
Cox, Veda L. Dau F W 14 S . . . ILL MO MO
Cox, Veronica Dau F W 9 S . . . ILL MO MO
Cox, John W Son M W 1 S . . . MO MO MO
Cox, Elwood Nephew M W 17 S . . . MO MO ILL
Farmer, Basil Nephew M W 21 M 20 . . .TN UNK UNK Laborer, Automobiles
Farmer, Mildred Wife F W 20 M 19 . . . MO MO ILL
Notes of clarification for the 1930 Census:
1. Regarding Basil’s Laborer job, Dad had told me that he worked at the Chevrolet assembly plant on Natural Bridge in St Louis (No longer there). The depression soon caused lay offs and Dad lost the job. (The Chevrolet plant closed in St Louis in about 1982 and moved to Wentzville, Missouiri.)
2. Basil was listed as a “Nephew” in that Mildred, his wife, was the niece of William Cox.
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