Clara Jane Cox

September 10, 1945 - March 18, 2020

Clara Jane Cox, age 74, of Squirreltown in Green Township in Adams County, Ohio, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at her residence. She was born September 10, 1945 in Green Township.  She was preceded by parents, Robert and Myrle (Hayslip) Nelson; and her husband, Merlin Hugh Cox.

Clara is survived by one son, Merlin Robert Cox of Squirreltown; one daughter: Carla Renee Brown of Rome; two grandchildren: Kelli Knechtly and husband Chris of Peebles and Kyle Brown of Squirreltown; two great-grandchildren:  Aspen Jade and Heidi Jane Knechtly of Peebles; three sisters: Patricia Tipton of Friendship, Leona Rister of West Union and Emma Williams of West Union and many nephews and nieces.

She was a 1965 graduate of Manchester High School.  She retired from the Adams County/Ohio Valley School District where she was a library aide, cook and pre-school aide for 20 years.  Clara was a cook and baker at the Olde Wayside Inn in West Union in the 1980’s.

Memorial donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 4700 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 45131.

The visitation is Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 3 until 5 PM at Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union.

The funeral is Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 5 PM.

Pastor James “Terry” Fite will officiate.

The private interment will be at Sunshine Ridge Cemetery in Green Township.

Blue Creek, Ohio 45616.

Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated of West Union is serving the family.


Phil and Vicki Rhonemus - Mar 28, 2020
Dear Cox Family, Keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sincerely,
Bill and Nora Ralston - Mar 27, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Your Mother's passing she was such a sweet soul.
Karlene Leonard - Mar 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Clara was a really sweet lady.
Sandy verax - Mar 21, 2020
To my cousins Carla Bobby Kyle Kelli and rest of the family. I was so heartbroken to hear of the passing of your mom and grandma. You all know sh always had a special place in my heart. And still can remember when I was a little girl how I looked up to her kind of like a big sister. Even though I had sisters. There was just a bond between us. There is so much more that I could say. But just know that I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Teresa Abbott - Mar 21, 2020
I’m so saddened to see this. Clara was a special lady! She will be missed. Love and prayers for the family.
David and Connie Cox - Mar 21, 2020
Wishing you comfort in dealing with the loss of your sweet mother. May you find strength and peace through God's grace.
Patty hayslip - Mar 21, 2020
Sorry for your loss
LINDA CARAWAY. - Mar 20, 2020
Angie Griffin - Mar 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Clara was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. I will miss seeing her wonderful recipes. Sending thoughts and prayers for you Carla & Bobby and all the family.
Jerisue - Mar 20, 2020
This saddens my heart! I loved her she was a wonderful person I am so sorry for your loss praying for you Carla & Bobby praying for you all
Carol Moore - Mar 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. A good friend. Prayers for family.
Kay Holden - Mar 20, 2020
Condolences and prayers for the family in their time of grief.
Tina Howard - Mar 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Clara was a very sweet lady to me. Paraders first comfort.
Carol & Tim Daniel, Sr - Mar 20, 2020
We send our deepest sympathy to all the family. May God give you strength and comfort.
John T and Elaine Lafferty - Mar 19, 2020
We are sorry to learn about Clara. She was a lovely lady. We have good memories of her time at the Wayside. We send our sympathy to all of her family, John T and Elaine