Alice Beverly Cochran Cox

January 22, 1929 ‒ January 29, 2010

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Alice Beverly Cochran Cox, age 81, of Mount Gilead and formerly of Columbus, died Friday evening, January 29, 2010, at home surrounded by her family following an extended illness.

On January 22, 1929, Alice Beverly was born in Marengo, the daughter of the late Frank and Nellie Cochran, who were of Mount Gilead. Her family then moved to Columbus in 1942, when she was just entering high school. She then graduated from North High School in the Class of 1946.

Following high school, Alice Beverly enrolled into the Ohio State University, where she was proud to have won Miss Ohio State in 1948 and was the Maquio Queen for the OSU yearbook. She later transferred to Capital University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. She was a member of the Alpha Z Delta Sorority.

For 30 years, Alice Beverly dedicated herself to her elementary students in the Columbus Public School system, and she retired from Como Elementary School. Also, she later became a member of the Morrow County Teacher’s Retirement System.

Following her retirement, Alice Beverly and her daughter, Cathy Shomber, felt called back to Mount Gilead, where they started the Horse Bottom Acres Farm. Their farm gives a home to retired racehorses that would otherwise have been euthanized, and she was responsible for helping to save at least 14 horses.

An intelligent woman, Alice Beverly was often referred to as a “walking dictionary” as everyone would call her for an answer to most any question. She also was an avid reader, reading anything she could get her hands on.

A woman of grace and beauty, Alice Beverly was known to “turn heads” throughout most of her life.

An animal lover, Alice Beverly had raised countless different animals throughout her life, such as rats and lambs, but her beloved canine companions, Meetoo and Rooster, were always by her side.

Always there for her family, Alice Beverly “was the best mother her children could have asked for.” Having a huge heart, she would also open her arms, taking in any one who needed a place to stay. To her grandchildren, she was their beloved “Muggers.”

Alice Beverly will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Steven Shomber of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Jeremy Shomber of South Carolina, Sara Shomber of Columbus, Chris (Danyelle) Belcher of Wadsworth, and Madelyn Belcher of Colorado; two great-grandchildren: Seby Shomber and Jake Ellington; three step-children: Bill (Barb) Cox, Charlie Cox, and Doug (Carol) Cox; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma (Francis) Bishop of Oberlin, Ohio; two nieces and two nephews; and countless dear friends, such as: Kathy Fitzpatrick of Athens, and Mary Ellen Crimmels of Columbus.

Including her parents, Alice Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dana W. Cox, and her two sons and a daughter-in-law: Timothy and Betsy Belcher and Casey Belcher.

A service of celebration for Alice Beverly’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010, at the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church, 3994 County Road 20, Mount Gilead, with Hospice Chaplain Star Sanchez officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, 13580 Leeper-Perkins Rd., Marysville, OH 43040 (to help find caring homes for retired racehorses), or to the Morrow County Animal Shelter, 195 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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