Cox, Nina Mae

February 7, 1933 – October 15, 2019
at the age of 86 years

Please join us for a service in honour of Mae on Saturday, October 26th at 1pm at Broadview Church with a tea to follow.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mae Cox on October 15, 2019.
Mae, and her twin sister Rae, were born February 7, 1933 on the family farm in Fairview, Alberta. Mae spent her early years in Alberta and moved to Salmon Arm as a young teen. Once married, Mae and Harold moved to Celista, and then back to Salmon Arm where she resided until her recent passing.
Family played a prominent role in Mae’s activities, thoughts and prayers. Mae is predeceased by her husband (Harold) and two infant grandchildren (Jeffrey and Andrew).
She is survived by her six children: Bev (and Dan) Gienger, Peter (and Phatsa) Cox, Evelyn Cox, James Cox, Mark (and Gloria) Cox, and Elaine (and Kelly) Bury; Nine grandchildren, Matthew (and Kari) Gienger, Jodi (and Brian) Ekk, Ian and Ryan Rideout, Carson, Jordan, and Mitchell Bury, and Caleb and Elias Cox; and four great-grandchildren, Ella and Hannah Gienger, and David and Heidi Ekk.
Mae liked helping people and had great compassion for children and those marginalized. This was demonstrated by Mae (and Harold) serving as foster parents. Her faith was real and deep and she was active in and loved her church. Mae loved to knit and crochet and many people have benefitted in the form of blankets, afghans, socks, sweaters, dish clothes, et cetera. Mae loved to collect and at one time had over 500 coal oil lamps. She had a green thumb and nursed many plants back to health. Mae was also the family’s self-appointed photographer and historian. Mae was shaped by her upbringing on the farm and loved animals, the thrift store and a good bargain.
We would like to thank the staff at the Shuswap Lodge and Dr. Richard Currie, who all showed incredible care and kindness to Mae and her family.
Please join us for a service in honour of Mae on Saturday, October 26th at 1pm at Broadview Church with a tea to follow.


  1. To Bev, Dan and all of Mae’s family. We remember Mae and family from all the times we visited their place. We were sad to hear of her passing and send our condolences. We are Mae’s cousin Ron and Peggy Woodruff Box 125
    Tomahawk, Alberta T0E 2H0 Our phone is 780-339-2147

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Mae passing. I just found out today and would have surely been at her service. She was a wonderful person and I have so many wonderful memories of her, Harold and all you kids. When we moved next door both her and Harold filled a big void as we had no family here. Mae was always there to help or to just lend an ear. I’m sorry I haven’t seen her for a long time but she has never been out of my thoughts. They raised a family full of love, for that you can be thankful.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Mae’s passing. Her and harold were incredibly kind people who we loved to chat with when we saw them out in the community, particularly at the thrift store. Although I hadn’t seen Mae much this past year she was always on my mind, wondering how she was doing and whether or not I would see her on my quick visit to thrift store.When I saw her obituary in the newspaper my heart was sad. Rest in peace sweet Mae, now you get to rest with your beloved Harold.

  4. Saturday’s Service was a beautiful tribute to a very special lady. Mark, you did a wonderful job of describing your Mom, as did Evelyn and Elaine. She was always so proud of all of her children and grandchildren, and took great delight in relating all of your accomplishments.

    But she also took a genuine interest in hearing all about my family. I am sure that she was this way with many; she had such a big heart for families.

    She will be missed.

  5. It’s wonderful to remember dear Mrs Cox. What a great lady with a heart of gold. She was always smiling and always wanting to hold the baby, if there be one nearby!

    Truly, “the joy of the Lord [was her] strength.” She was a wonderful example of a good and faithful servant.

    Love to all the family.

  6. Dear Mark, Gloria & boys,
    We were saddened to read in the paper this evening if the passing of your dear mom, Mae. Had we known earlier we would have been at the service. Please accept our sincerest condolences. We both know what it’s like to lose our moms and we still miss them after many years. It is so comforting to know they are all with the Lord. Praying comfort for you.
    Dennis & Fern

  7. I only knew Mae because I visited another lady at Shuswap Lodge.
    What a delightful, caring lady.
    I just want to send my condolences, also, to the family.
    I feel blessed to have met Mae even though these times were short.
    God Bless you all

  8. Ev, Bev, Peter, Mark, Elaine, Jimmy and Faye,

    Growing up, I remember sitting at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table at the Cox’s with the family on many occasions.

    We kids played “barbies” downstairs and “Kick the Can” out in the yard until it got too dark to play. I clearly remember when Mark, then Elaine were babies, watching auntie Mae bathe them in a basin on the counter in the kitchen….and those brownies with icing, always a plate of them sitting on the counter …oh, and her beautiful African Violets that adorned the foyer.

    I remember entering the house full of steam cause it was chicken day …. auntie Mae plucking and cleaning the chickens! It’s funny which of the early memories stick with you from childhood.

    Auntie Mae. So caring and generous of spirit. Her laugh came so easily and so robust and spontaneous! So did her tears. Auntie Mae had so much empathy. When mom was sick Auntie Mae visited often she was a great friend to mom and to our whole family.

    I will miss Auntie Mae.
    My heartfelt condolences to all of you as you say so long to your mom. xoxo
    Big hugs,

  9. So sorry to hear of Maes passing….she was my mums IreneClark Rushton her babysitter when mom was little….always so kind and so thoughtful…hugs

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