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(November 30, 1929 – May 29, 2012)

On May 29, 2012, our beloved Eunice Joy Everson left behind her earthly body and walked joyfully into her loving Father’s arms after a brave battle with cancer. Born November 30, 1929, in Chicago to Emma (Huntley) and Robert Cox, she moved to Midland in 1942, where she attended and graduated from Midland High School in 1947. It was at Midland High School that she met her lifelong sweetheart, her loving husband, Dale, when they were both 15. At age 16, in the driveway of her home, Dale first told Eunice that he loved her, and he never changed his mind. They were married on May 20, 1950, a love affair that lasted through 55 years of marriage until his passing in 2006. Although Eunice had multiple sclerosis and other health issues, she refused to allow them to slow her down. One day while scrubbing the kitchen floor, she decided to take art lessons. A talented artist and seamstress, Eunice created works of art that continue to give joy to those who view them. Trees were her favorite subject because “The splendor of a tree is not diminished by sharing its load with its branches. People with handicaps?Ǫour self-worth is not diminished if we share our load by using canes, wheelchairs and walkers.” When her hands were too weak to hold a brush, she would hold the brush in her teeth. She also collected teddy bears and hats. Eunice was a one-of-a-kind treasure; a loving, strong wife; a mother who showed her love to her three children by teaching us not only how to succeed in life but also how to savor it as well and love others as she so loved us; a sister who loved her siblings; a grandmother who cherished each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eunice brought joy, laughter, compassion, and wisdom to all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed and will forever have a place in our hearts. Surviving her are son, Dana F. Everson, and wife, Gloria, of Saginaw; daughter Robyn M. Stevens and husband, Glenn, of Eaton Rapids; and daughter Carol J. Moulton and husband, Ken, of Midland. Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive her. Also surviving are brother, Kenneth “Jack” Cox and wife, Charlotte, of North Carolina; brother-in-law, Lowell Everson, and wife, Mildred, of Livonia; and dear sister-in-law, Glenda Klumpp, whose laughter and endearing love meant so much to Eunice and Dale, and husband, Terry, of Midland; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband, Dale, her father and mother, granddaughter Janelle Grzegorczyk, brothers Robert and Mike Cox, and sisters Dorothy and Marie Florance predeceased her. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 10:00 am with Father Peter Gaspeny officiating and with burial to follow in Midland City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly on Friday, June 1 from 3 til 7 pm and at the church on Saturday, June 2 from 9 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Toni & Trish House, PO Box 125, Auburn, MI 48611, who provided compassionate care for Eunice or The Multiple Sclerosis Society.Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com