Muriel Cox

Obituary of Muriel G. Cox

Muriel G. (Raisch) Cox, 95, peacefully passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020. Muriel grew up on Long Island and Manhattan. She attended high school at the School of Industrial Arts, the fine arts magnet school in New York. She continued her art education at Art Students League and Parsons School of Design. In 1952, she founded the Price Advertising Agency with her then husband Robert Price. When things went south in the marriage, she hopped aboard a divorce plane to Mexico and made a holiday of it. In 1962 she met and married George Reilly with which her only child Kathleen was born. With the divorce of husband two, Muriel became the best single parent any child has ever been lucky enough to have. Never a quitter, in 1974 Muriel upgraded to her third and final husband, Ralph Cox and moved to Sharon Springs, NY. With a dog and daughter in tow, Muriel and Ralph traveled extensively throughout the United States stopping at gems like the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota and slithering pits of rattlesnakes in Texas. No adventure was complete without a brewery tour in each and every state they passed. Muriel’s favorite things were Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream, snarky comments, clearance sales and various carrot-based vegetable juices. She adored wearing the bright colors of designer Vera Neumann. She studied comedy and did occasional stand-up routines. At the age of 72, Muriel earned a BA in Art Therapy from Empire State College making her the oldest graduate in the school’s history. While she didn’t get to live to 100 as she wished, she did manage to outlive all three of her husbands. In addition to her parents George and Marion Raisch, she is pre-deceased by her brother Robert and sisters Lola and Eleanor and by her nephew Robert Riley. Muriel is survived by daughter Kathleen Weber, (Andrew), grandchildren Isaac and Daniel Weber. In addition, she leaves behind niece Sharon (Robert) Grant, nephews Raymond (Cathy) Fylipek, David (Glenda) Fylipek and Mark Raisch as well as many great-nieces and nephews. One of her most used expressions was ‘flowers are for the living’. We ask that you refrain from sending flowers for Muriel and celebrate her life by giving flowers to loved ones around you. We ask that you put on your brightest colors and raise a pint of Haagen-Dazs to celebrate this woman’s long life. Thanks to the Washington Center staff for keeping Muriel’s family in touch with FaceTime during her final hours and treating her with dignity. A celebration of Muriel’s life will be held when her friends and family can gather safely. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by her family to the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, 565 Fourth Avenue, Troy, NY 12182. Phone (518) 235-0952. Please share a memory or express your on-line condolences by using the tabs on this website.
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