Rosemary Cox
February 20, 2019

Rosemary Cox

Informal Visitation
First Christian Church
120 West Linclon
Marfa, TX  79843
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:30 AM
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Funeral Service
First Christian Church
120 West Linclon
Marfa, TX  79843
Saturday, March 2, 2019
10:00 AM
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Marfa Cemetery
Marfa, TX  79843

Rosemary was born in El Paso, Texas September 23, 1930 to parents Scott Lee Plumbley and Julia Marlowe Ellison Plumbley. At the age of 14 they moved to Marfa, back to her pioneer roots. She was a member of an early pioneer family – the Ellison’s, who came to Presidio County in 1183. She loved Marfa and developed many lifelong friendships. Some of her most fond memories were of being horseback riding from one end of town to the other. She graduated from Marfa High School in 1947, then attended TCU and Sul Ross University where she received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. She taught school in Norman, Oklahoma and Marfa schools for thirty years. Rosemary married Ernest Scott Gibbens, Jr. in 1949. They had three sons, which she often said was her greatest joy. Ernest Scott Gibbens married to wife Linda residing in Lance Creek, Wyoming, John Lee Gibbens married to wife Margaret residing in Rocksprings, Wyoming, Dr. Gene Clement Gibbens married to wife Laurie residing in Sonora, Texas. Her legacy continues with six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Rosemary later married Buster Cox sharing a ranch life raising quality Hereford cattle and Quarter horses. This was a time she reflected fondly upon. She maintained her love of horses and dogs throughout her long life.
She spent her last year in San Angelo at New Haven Assisted Living, where she was surrounded by many new friends and kind, loving workers.
She passed on to her heavenly home quietly on February 20, 2019.
Services will be held on March 2nd, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Marfa, Texas where she was a lifelong member. Informal viewing will be at 9:30 A.M., service is at 10:00 A.M. burial will follow at the Marfa Cemetery.


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  1. Patric Hathaway
    Austin, TX

    Rosemary was a delight to know and what a legacy she has left us all. She rests in peace.

  2. Dennis and Connie Wilberg
    Lone Rock, IA

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother/grandmother was a great and gracious lady with a beautiful smile. We know you will miss her greatly.

  3. Ken & Sharon Hunter
    Pecos, TX

    Sorry for your loss. Rosemary was a good friend to my mom and was always good to us. She opened the First Christian Church for our 29th anniversary as we were married there. I may not bed able to attend the service as I had surgery yesterday.
    May God bless you and yours.

    Ken & Sharon Hunter

  4. Maria Girolamo formerly Espinoza
    Herington, KS

    My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. Mrs. Cox was my second 2nd grade teacher. My fondest memory of her is when she taught me how to turn a cursive letter S into a swan. She was a very sweet and patient person and I’ll always remember her as one of my most favorite teachers. And I’m glad and blessed to have known her. Heaven has definitely gained an angel when it called her home. Prayers and blessings to everyone

  5. Bill & Mona Hyatt
    San Antonio, TX

    Sending our condolence and prayers

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