Phyllis Cox Obituary
Matriarch of Gran-Vue Pony Farm
Phyllis L. Cox, matriarch of Gran-Vue Pony Farm in Alexandria, IN, passed away in April at the age of 92.
Phyllis was born in Carmel, IN, on Oct. 13, 1919, and was the daughter of Roy and Lyda (Williams) Lamb. On Oct. 10, 1938, she married David Cox.
Steve Kildow wrote Society Pony to share the following regarding Mrs. Cox:
“Phyllis Cox and her husband owned Gran-Vue Pony Farm here in Alexandria. They came to national prominence when they purchased the GREAT Shetland stallion SETH THOMAS at the William Seakamp dispersal sale. They participated at the major Shetland shows throughout the Midwest and eastern United States. Their son John initially trained the ponies, and then they hired Elmer Briggs.”
Kildow noted that the Cox family was the primary reason that the Kildow family got into the pony business.
In addition to showing society ponies, the Coxes also eventually participated in pony racing. Outside of the pony business, Phyllis and David were co-owners of Cox’s Supermarket in Alexandria for many years. Mrs. Cox’s obituary described her as a loving Mother and Grandmother to her family.
Phyllis was a member of the Union Chapel Community Church where is had been the church organist for over 50 years and a former Sunday School teacher. During her lifetime she had been a former 4H leader and held memberships in several community organizations.
Surviving are her sons: Kay (Sue) Cox and John (Beverly) Cox both of Alexandria and Phillip (Debbie Stone) Cox of Muncie. Also surviving her are several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She proceeded in death by her parents and her husband, David Cox in 2004.