Leslie D. Cox

Leslie D. Cox

Sept. 20, 1969 – Sept. 13, 2020

Leslie Dawn Cox was born Sept. 20, 1969, in Seward, to Robert and Linda (Cox) Stutzman, and passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln at the age of 50.

As a young girl, Leslie and her family moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1983 and eventually moved back to Milford, where she resided until her death. In 1983, she met Harry Smith, and soon Stephen was born, and later Anthony, Catalina and Adina were also added to the family.

Leslie worked for Sunrise Country Manor and enjoyed the residents and staff where she became friends with over the years. Her sister also worked for the nursing home for a period of time. She loved going to live concerts and enjoyed classic rock and country music. Her children were the center of her life and she cherished the times spent with them.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Stephen Smith and fiancé, Jennifer Hoffman, both of Seward, Anthony and Taylor Cox, Lincoln, Catalina Cox, Milford,  and mother, Linda Stutzman, also of Milford; two grandsons, Sam and Lane Smith; a sister, Jennifer Butler, Milford; life-long companion, Harry Smith, Lincoln, and several other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Stutzman, and a daughter, Adina Cox, in 2010.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Lauber Funeral Home, Milford, with Pastor Tim Springer officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be left for the family at www.lauberfh.com.

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