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Ann Marie Cox

Ann Marie Cox, 44, of Castana, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 17, 2020 at the MVAO/COU High School in Mapleton, Iowa with Pastor Linda Boggs officiating.  Music selections were “It Is Well With My Soul,” – Congregational and “How Great Thou Art,” – Congregational with Julie Hamann as pianist.  Casket Bearers were Isaac Hanson, Justin Hersom, Ben Hanson, Travis Hersom, Ryan Hanson, and Chris Milliren. Burial was in Center Cemetery in rural Castana, Iowa.

Arrangements were under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.  Condolences may be left online for the family at

Ann Marie was born April 3, 1975 in Onawa, Iowa the daughter of Harvey and Nancy (Anderson) Hanson.

Ann graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1993. She then went on to Iowa State University where she obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1997.  She also graduated with a reading endorsement and specialization in mathematics.

Ann was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Honor Society, and also an associate member of the Honors Program at Iowa State.  She continued her education at Morningside College over the course of her career.

Ann and Cory Cox were united in marriage on July 26, 1997 and on March 1, 2005 welcomed their son, Cameron.  Ann & Cory divorced in December 2017.

Ann had been the school’s Talented and Gifted teacher for 19 years and most recently had also begun teaching 7th grade math. Her students affectionately called her “MC”.

Ann had a “get it done” attitude and quickly went to work on anything needing attention. Ann was not afraid to tackle home repair projects, often teaching herself how to do things such as patch drywall and install flooring. She helped her students realize how to “think outside the box”, helping them with their natural talents and showing them that anything is possible with perseverance.

Ann’s teaching didn’t stop in the classroom. She escorted many students to Math Bowls, Quiz Bowls, Destination Imagination competitions and countless other matches of the minds. She guided Destination Imagination teams, who several times advanced to the International Competition.

Ann is survived by her parents, Harvey and Nancy Hanson of Castana; her son, Cameron; three brothers: Chris (Patty) of Sloan, Iowa; Steve (Kim) of Hampton, Iowa; Ken (Wade Petersen) of Ankeny, Iowa; and one sister, Julie (Steve) Whitney of Castana, Iowa; uncles Brady Hanson and Paul Petersen; and aunts Cathy Hanson and Lois Jensen; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, co-workers, students and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elvin and Hazel Hanson and Fred and Eva Anderson; a cousin, Roger Petersen; an aunt, Patsy Petersen; an uncle, Heral Jensen; and other extended family.

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