Mary Madge Hyatt Cox

August 28, 1918 – December 11, 2011

Mary Madge Hyatt Cox, 93, of Richmond, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Shirkey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Richmond.

Mary was born on August 28, 1918 in Columbus, Mo., to Asa Hyatt and Laura Belle Claunch. She had lived in Kansas City before moving to Richmond several years ago. Mary had worked at many places in her lifetime. She had worked as a server in a restaurant and later owned and operated a restaurant in Kansas City. She then worked at the Lake City Army Ammunitions plant during WWII and the Korean War. She attended the Burroughs Business School in Kansas City and, upon completion of her studies, she worked for various large companies. Among them were H.D. Lee Company, Stromberg-Carlson, and Peabody Coal Company. Her last job and the one she retired from after 18 years was Mass-Mutual Insurance Company.

Mary was a member of the Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, where she enjoyed many friendships and working dinners for funerals and weddings for over 30 years. After her move to Richmond, Mo., she became a member of the Orrick Christian Church.

Mary had been a caregiver and had cared for two of her sisters until their deaths, as well as other family members. She enjoyed cooking and especially enjoyed her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Asa and Laura Belle Hyatt; siblings, Cecil, Bertha (twins), Ollie, Lillian, Ralph, Myrtle May, her twin sister, Marguerite; and a great grandson, Andrew Townsend.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, M. Patricia Townsend and husband, John, of Orrick, Mo.; three grandchildren, John Keith Townsend and wife, Cecelia, of Cary, N.C., Thomas D. Townsend and wife, Deanne, of Orrick, Mo., and Diane P. White and husband, Eric, of Springfield, Mo.; six great grandchildren, Candice Townsend, Phillip Townsend, Douglas Townsend, Ashley Townsend, Brittany Townsend, and Joshua White; several nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the Orrick Christian Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery, near Orrick.

Memorials are suggested to the Orrick Christian Church in her memory.


I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that God will comfort and sustain you. Psalms 34:18 says that He is near to those broken at heart and saves those crushed in spirit. He truly knows the pain you feel. He assures us at John 5:28 that a time will soon come when we will welcome back to our arms those we have lost. Know that time is very near. Allow God to comfort your soul until that day arrives. Please keep His promises close to your heart. I offer my deepest sympathies to your entire family.
S. Ford

We were very sorry to read of Mary’s passing. She was a great friend and neighbor to my parents.
John, Debbie, Skily