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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of October 31, 2011


Obituaries for the day of October 31, 2011




Nov. 2 — John Ridder, memorial service, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, La Grande

Nov. 5 — Rebecca Draper, memorial service, 1 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1391 Alder St., Elgin

Nov. 5 — Marilyn Cox, celebration of life, 2 p.m., North Powder elementary multi-purpose room; reception to follow, North Powder grange



Marilyn Cox

North Powder


Marilyn Cox, 69, long-time resident of North Powder, died Oct. 17 with friends and her daughter by her side at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise.

A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder elementary school multipurpose room with burial at the North Powder Cemetery afterward. A reception for family and friends at the North Powder grange will be held following the service.

Marilyn was the only child born to Arthur Marten and Norma Claussen Marten June 14, 1942, in Davenport, Iowa. Her childhood was spent in Eldridge, Iowa, where her parents owned a dairy farm.

Marilyn’s family says that as a child she was a daddy’s girl and could be found helping him with the dairy and going with him on his milk route. She attended elementary school in Eldridge and was active in the Girl Scouts.

In 1956, the Martens moved to Denver for two years. They moved back to Davenport in 1958 and she attended high school there. She married Ronald Jensen in October 1960 and had a daughter, Sherry, on Sept. 7, 1961. Marilyn and Ronald divorced in 1964.

In 1965 Marilyn and Sherry moved to San Diego, where she worked assembling electronics for a while before entering into partial ownership of a local bar and restaurant. She met Lloyd Montgomery and in August 1968, the three of them moved to North Powder and bought the Powder Club from Randall and Agnes Black. Marilyn and Lloyd married and they moved into a small apartment connected to the restaurant. Family says they divorced amicably in 1972 and Lloyd moved to Portland while Marilyn stayed and ran the Powder Club.

In 1973, family says that Marilyn found her true soulmate — Bud Cox, a heavy equipment operator who worked all over the state. They enjoyed country music, camping, fishing and carefree trips to Oxbow with friends.

Marilyn decided to sell the Powder Club in 1977. She continued to work at the Powder Club and also tended bar at the Circle H in Haines. One day, Marilyn and Bud learned that their dream house was for sale. They bought it and said they had a very content life there before Bud died in February 2009. They were together for 36 years.

Those who knew Marilyn say she was a true caregiver. Having lost her father at the age of 16, she had to grow up quickly to care for her ill mother before she died too when Marilyn was 19. Three months later, she gave birth to her daughter, Sherry. When Bud’s mother died in Klamath Falls, the couple moved his father to North Powder to live with them and Marilyn took care of him until he died and did the same with Bud. She also worked in an adult foster home for a while.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheryl “Sherry” Jensen-Rudolph and her husband, Tony, of Baker City; and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Powder Grange, North Powder Library or the North Powder Quick Response Team in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.


The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center posts unedited obituaries at www.danielsknopp.com, and Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory posts obituaries at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.



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