Erma K. Cox, 90, registered nurse

July 14, 2005|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Erma K. Cox, a registered nurse who was active in her church, died of heart failure Sunday at Harmony Hall nursing home in Columbia. The former Pikesville resident was 90.

Erma Koermaier was born and raised in Newark, N.J., where she earned her nursing degree in 1936 from St. James' Hospital School of Nursing. She completed postgraduate study in 1938 at the old Mount Hope Retreat School of Psychiatric Nursing in Northwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Cox worked as the night nursing supervisor at Mount Hope -- which later became Seton Psychiatric Institute -- until its closing in 1973. Today, it is the site of Seton Industrial Park.

Mrs. Cox continued nursing for the next decade at Holy Family Parochial and Randallstown Elementary schools. She was working as a geriatric nurse at the Villa Julie Infirmary and the Baptist Home at the time of her 1992 retirement.

After retirement, she continued volunteering at Northwest Hospital Center until 2000.

Mrs. Cox was a daily communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Pikesville, where she was a member of the sodality, Altar Society and Christian Mother's Club. She was also a lector and Eucharistic minister.

In recognition of her years of work at Seton Institute, her church and with the Daughters of Charity, she was designated an affiliate of the order during a ceremony held at its provincial house in Emmitsburg in 1977.

She was married in 1938 to H. Webster Cox, an inspector for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works, who died in 1973. She remained in their Sudbrook Lane home until moving to Columbia in 2000.

"Her hobby was collecting the elderly and those in need who had no family or a place to go and bringing them to our house to celebrate the holidays. We used to jokingly call them her Cane Corps," said a daughter, Joan C. Lancos of Columbia.

Mrs. Cox who was a member of the Silverliners and Pikesville Senior Center, enjoyed taking bus trips, traveling and attending the theater.

"If there was a bus, she was on it," her daughter said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at her church, 101 Church Lane, at 11 a.m. today.

Mrs. Cox is survived by two other daughters, Virginia C. Young of Pikesville and Berenice L. McHale of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Another daughter, Mary Louise Cox, died in 1999.

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