Jennifer Ann Cox

Jennifer Ann Cox, 66, of Lawrence passed away April 10, 2015 at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born July 25, 1948. Jennifer was the daughter of Jennings and Mildred (Fisher) McKinley.

She married Dennis Lee Cox on June 1, 1969, in Lawrence. The two moved to Denver in 1973 and spent 40 years there before returning back to Lawrence in 2013.

In Jennifer’s spare time, she enjoyed playing piano, a good game of chess, working on crossword puzzles and more recently Sudoku. She liked to be outside whether it was gardening, camping or cycling. She had a love for attending Lawrence high school reunions, and also for cats and KU athletics.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Cox; brother, Rowe (Becky) McKinley; niece Alexis Jones; nephew, Noel McKinley; great niece and nephew, Lucy and Felix Jones; brother-in-law, Ray Cox; two nieces, Jan Goff and Kristi Bray; nephews, Monte, Jeff, Tim and Mike Cox; and many close friends from Denver. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Gene Cox.

There are no services planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association and/or the The Sloan’s Lake Citizens’ Group (Denver) and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

12 Condolences

  1. LHS Class of 1966 on April 13, 2015 at 11:28 am


    On behalf of all your classmates, I send our sincerest condolences. We will truly miss Jennifer’s presence and loyalty to our class.

    Peace to you and all of your family for today and tomorrow.

    Bruce Roberts

  2. Melissa Montgomery Arnett on April 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Dennis and Rowe,
    As I walked away from our first and only meeting last month I remembered Jennifer from LHS without question. She was beautiful and musically talented and stood out in her class as I recall.
    The support, love and concern you both had for her was most admirable.
    I hope that your memories of all the good times will comfort you. May your close friends and family help you through this difficult time.
    with my deepest sympathy,
    Melissa Montgomery Arnett

  3. Rhetta Jo Noever on April 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Dennis, I didn’t know Jennifer well, mostly through your friendship with Rich. However I found Jennifer to be gracious and a friendly person. It is tragic what has happened and so hard to understand. I know you will miss her greatly. Please rely on your friends for comfort. You are in our thoughts.

  4. Nancy Pinet Tilford on April 15, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Rowe. I am so sorry to learn of your sister’s death. My brother died a few years ago and it hit me hard, so I expect you are grieving for Jennifer. All deaths of loved ones are hard. The death of a sibling carries special weight. Please accept my sympathy. Nancy (Pinet) Tilford

  5. Patsy underwood Brehm on April 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    How well I remember Jennifer! She will be in my prayers! Patsy

  6. Lynne Neibarger Brewer on April 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Rowe, I am so sad to hear of your sisters death. It’s difficult to lose anyone, but our siblings hold a special place in our hearts. They truly are the only ones who can relate and remember all of our young years. My brothers are both gone and I still miss them every day.
    Lynne Neibarger Brewer

  7. Patti & Rick Trapp on April 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    To Dennis, Rowe & Becky, and all of Jennifer’s family we offer our sincere sympathy and prayers for all of you that you will be given the love and support you need at this time. Patti & Rick

  8. Sheila Kinsey on April 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Rowe, i am thinking of you at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that your memories of Jennifer will keep her alive in your heart.

  9. Catherine Walker (Kalahar) on April 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers with loss of Jennifer’s battle. Jennifer was a sweet, warm hearted person that am so glad got to know and be part of life (as well as you).
    May good memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. You both are like family!
    Big hugs and love to you,


  10. Judy Underwood Bauer on April 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Dennis, Rowe and Becky:

    I was profoundly saddened to learn of Jennifer’s death. She was a kind and talented person; one who will be dearly missed. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Judy Underwood Bauer & Gene Bauer

  11. judy kramerich on November 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Dennis,
    I just found the obituary of Jennifer your wife on the SLCG
    Email site. I am saddened and enlightened reading about her and her many talents;I find it difficult to accept that we can’t know every person who passes our path. Thank goodness though for Sloans Lake neighborhood connections being members. I too have moved back to my home state of Mn,but I do miss living in Denver and in particular our”old neighborhood.” I send thoughts of gratefulness and prayers for you and Jennifer being a part of the SLCG neighborhood. Judy Kramerich(formerly of 2126 Julian st)

  12. Judy Troupe on June 1, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Dear Dennis Fifty years ago today we all shared the joy of your wedding to Jennifer. Thinking of you today and remembering how happy she was to become your wife. Happy thoughts ❤️ Judy

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