Ruth “Mickie” Cox, 87, of Orange, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at The Meadows in Orange. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 1, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in the McLewis Community. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Born in Sour Lake on Aug. 11, 1922, Mrs. Cox was the daughter of Clifton Morris and Ollie Frances (Alton) O’Banion. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Orange.

Preceded in death by her husband, William D. Cox; brothers, Clifton M. O’Banion Jr., Richard W. O’Banion; and sister, Mary Ellen Flynt. 

Mrs. Cox is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Steve Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald W. and Pam Cox, all of Orange; brother and sister-in-law, John H. and Maebeth O’Banion of Huntsville; and sister-in-law, Anne O’Banion, of Port Neches. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Reid W. Cox, Randi Garza and her husband Eric, all of Houston, Terri M. Ballenger and her husband, Tommy, of Beaumont, Natalie Thompson of Orange, Teresa Tangorra and her husband, Mike of Austin; and great;grandchildren, Cody, Reese, Anthony, Avery, Jake, Jersi and Tommy IV.

Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Jones, Marc Howeth, Mike Broussard, Lynn Arceneaux, Mike Zeto and Harold Hass. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews and Jerry Howeth.