Violet S. Cox passed away Aug. 4, 2015, in Windsor, Calif. due to complications from pneumonia. She was 93.
Violet and her twin sister, Sidnee, were born in Brooklyn Oct. 9, 1921. They grew up with their parents, Frank and Sidnee Sittig, until their mother’s death in 1939, when they moved to their grandmother’s house down the street. They attended Packer Institute while growing up, followed by a year at Smith College. In 1943, Violet joined the U.S. Navy where she worked as a radio operator on a blimp base in Santa Ana, Calif., transmitting Morse code, achieving the rank of radioman second class. Following World War II, she attended The Arts Students League in New York City where she specialized in figure drawing. She later enjoyed painting portraits in oils and, after retirement, painting watercolor landscapes.
Violet married Harold N. Cox in 1948, in Brooklyn. Two years later they moved to New Hyde Park where they raised two children, Alice and Sidnee. Violet worked at the Winthrop University Hospital (formerly Nassau Hospital) in Mineola for 20 years as a laboratory assistant. She remained in New Hyde Park until a year after Harold’s death (1994) when she moved to Southold in to be near her husband’s sister, Mary L. Cox.
Violet lived on Town Harbor Lane and was delighted to be close to the beach and make some wonderful new friends. She had a passion for trees, having almost a dozen planted on her property through the years. The nurseryman who planted the trees finally told her “Mrs. Cox, that’s enough trees!” She also had a soft spot for hungry cats that came calling.
Violet loved to sing, and participating in church choirs was her lifelong joy. Before and during the first year of her marriage she sang in the Plymouth Church choir in Brooklyn, and later sang in the choir at the Community Church of East Williston. Upon her move to Southold, she attended several churches, finally settling on the Southold United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir until her 91st year.
In 2013, due to a health condition that required daily care, Violet moved to Windsor to live with her daughter Sidnee and son-in-law, where she remained until her death.
Violet is best remembered by family and friends for her big smile, her inquisitive, enthusiastic nature, and her loving, generous heart. She is survived by her twin sister, Sidnee Lohman of West Hartford, CT, two daughters, Alice Mignerey of College Park, Md. and Sidnee Cox of Windsor, and one grandson, Paul Keith of Washington, D.C.
A memorial service will be held for Violet Sunday, September 20th at 3 pm. at North Fork United Methodist Church in Cutchogue.
This is a paid notice.