Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…” John 11:25
Marsha Marie Cox- Johnson was born to the late Milton Cox Sr. and the late Thelma White Cox on October 10, 1950, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the sister of the late Mildred Cox White, Milton Cox Jr., and the late Eldoris Cox Adams, Janice Cox Lathan, Leroy Cox, Larry Cox, Allen Cox, Barbara Cox Swain, Terry Cox, Michael Cox, Sundra Cox Scott, and Mary Span.
Marsha was baptized at an early age at New Jerusalem Baptist Church by the late Rev. C.J. Washington. After his death, she served faithfully under the leadership of three Pastors, Rev. Flora Johnson, Rev. Dr. Joseph Johnson, and Rev. Maurice Tillman, respectively, where she sang in the choir and served as a Sunday School Teacher. She had a passion for teaching and helping children. She wanted children to know that they could still have fun while learning God’s Word. In March 2015, Marsha joined New Vision Baptist Church in Raceland, Louisiana, under the leadership of Rev. David Rhodes, where she served wherever she saw a need. Marsha always found a way to serve.
Marsha began education in the public-school system of St. John the Baptist Parish, Edgard, Louisiana; where she completed Second Ward Elementary and then graduated from Second Ward High School in 1968. Marsha always had a desire to learn, and it was obvious that her thirst for knowledge would not be denied. In 1971, she attended Southern University and A&M college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education. In 1975, Marsha obtained a Master’s in Elementary Education. Her career in teaching blessed so many children in both St. John the Baptist and St. Charles Parish for 30 plus years. Her dedication and love for education was noticed by school officials as she received numerous honors and awards throughout her teaching career. She was a champion for uplifting young people to make something of themselves. Marsha was a member of the “Wantu Wazuri” Civic Association, Edgard, Louisiana
Marsha was the proud parent of Patrick Johnson, Sr., and Brandy Johnson. She was “Meme” to grandchildren Patrick Jr., Jordan, and Payton; “Grand Meme” to Karlie, Jayce, and Prince. They were the apple of her eyes!
Marsha had a heart of gold, and she was a “DIVA.” She loved fashion and interior design. It was evident that God had gifted her with a talent to put colors and textures together. She could take scraps and make something beautiful. She never hesitated to help anyone she could. She was willing to show unconditional love for her family, friends, and community. She called everyone “baby,” “angel,” “sweetheart,” and she would always end a conversation with “I Love You More.” When asked who was her favorite among the nieces, she would always say, “They are all my favorite.” She has touched so many lives through her love and kindness. She went above and beyond to show that love and kindness as well. She exemplified the scripture that says, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only…” James 1:22.
The idea contained in the expression, “all good things must come to an end,” originated with Geoffrey Chaucer; thus, it is with Marsha’s life journey. On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, an angel of the Lord escorted her from her earthy home into her eternal home as promised by Jesus Christ.
“In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3
Marsha was preceded in death by her parents, Milton Sr. and Thelma White Cox, sisters, Mildred “Dot” Cox White, Eldoris “Peaches” Cox Adams; daughter-in-law, Judy Mathis Johnson, brother-in-law, Henry White Sr., Fred Span and great nephew, Terrence Bethancourt.
The love and laughter shared with every fiber of Marsha’s being is forever embedded in the hearts of those who cherish her memories; her devoted children, Patrick Sr. and Brandy Johnson; grandchildren, Patrick Jr., Jordan and Payton; great grandchildren, Karlie Johnson, Jayce Johnson, and Prince Johnson; six brothers, Milton Cox Jr. (Dolores), Leroy Cox (Sonia), Larry Cox (Enola), Allen Cox (Evangeline), Terry Cox (Brenda), Michael Cox (Melanie), four sisters, Janice C. Lathan (Lee), Barbara C. Swain (Carl), Sundra C. Scott (Bernard) and Mary Span; a wonderful caretaker, Edith Farlough; devoted friends, Shelia Morris, Audrey Sylvain, Sandra Bovie, Jackie Stone, Catherine Rybiskie Joan Mathis and a wealth of relatives, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Relatives, friends of the family, Pastors, Officers, and Members of the New Vision Baptist Church, Raceland, LA, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, all neighboring Church Second Ward High Class of 1968, employees of St. John and St. Charles School Systems are invited to attend funeral on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., New Wine Christian Fellowship, 1929 W Airline Hwy, LaPlace, La. 700068. In accordance with the CDC guideline for COVID-19 all in attendance must wear a mask. Visitation at the above-named church at 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. Final arrangements entrusted to Patrick h. Sanders Funeral Home & Funeral Directors, Inc. 605 Main Street, LaPlace, LA. For information 985-359-1919. “Providing Care & Comfort is Our Highest Mission.”
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